A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility and Innocence Lost
Many ’60s histories are too recent for perspective or too romanticized for accuracy. Frye Gaillard’s A Hard Rain, though not without occasional bias, is sober, admirably balanced and meticulous. In 72 chapters, he takes the reader on a novel-like journey, year by year, chronicling and intertwining JFK, LBJ, King, Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Gloria Steinem, and a host of supporting artists, activists and journalists, following them toward their respective destinies. Not all of the endings are happy. At one point I recalled Jim Morrison’s phrase, “No one here gets out alive.” This one is likely to become a definitive work.
– Bruce Collier
Elevation (Audiobook, Narrated by the Author)
With very few exceptions, my consumption of Mr. King’s novels for the past decade and a half has been audiobooks, thanks to superior production and a roster of exceptional narrators. There was a lot riding on the author’s return to the microphone, and he delivers the goods. It also helps that the story is a great one, about a Castle Rock resident’s unusual malady and his circle of friends—short on creepiness, but long on heart. Stick around for another treat—Mr. King reads his 2018 story “Laurie,” inspired by his dog Molly, a/k/a The Thing of Evil.
– Chris Manson
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Hurricane Michael Over Six Months Later: Stephanie’s Story
By Carrie Hunter It’s May 2019, over six months after Hurricane Michael in Panama City. Stephanie, a young mother of three, walks through her gutted house. Rafters and beams are exposed. There...
Visionaries and Dreamers
By Nikki Hedrick Deborah and Jeff Badarak have two very different music projects gaining steam across Beachcomberland. The Visionaries is their vehicle for the classic songs they love, often presented as...
Pet of the Issue – Chip
Chip was born August 1, 2018, the same day Brandon’s first dachshund Nugget (a previous Beachcomber Pet of the Issue) passed away. “I wasn’t going to get another doggy so soon, but...
Relive the Summer of Love with EC Theatre Company July 12
Peace. Love. Music. Tune into the music of the ‘60s and take a musical journey with Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC). On Friday, July 12, at 7:30 PM, ECTC converts its...
Susan Myers’ Legacy Lives on at NWF State College
Before her passing earlier this year, Mrs. Susan Pryor Sloat Myers decided to link her name with Northwest Florida State College’s Learning Resources Center with a one million dollar bequest. Today, her...
Thursday, July 4 AJ’S, Destin WILL & LINDA, 4:30 PM (Bimini Stage) CHASIN’ JAYMIE, 6 PM (Tiki Stage) DJ BOOM, 8 PM JAMNATION, 9:30 PM (Bimini Stage) AJ’S ON THE BAYOU, Fort Walton Beach CHRIS HAYES,...