Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall
The Sopranos Sessions
If you like information-dense, meticulously footnoted commentary on your favorite TV shows, books like The Sopranos Sessions were written for you. In writing the book, Seitz and Sepinwall had access to series creator David Chase and many cast members, with the sad exception of the late James Gandolfini. There’s a breakdown of every episode, analyses of story and character arcs, and plenty of non-gossipy trivia on costumes, locations, and the art of staging fights and murders. One of the most interesting things I learned was how many of the actors in the series were hired with no previous acting experience.
– Bruce Collier
A married judge has a one-night stand and gets a lot more than she bargained for. To reveal even a single other detail would be heartless, so just read it already.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive
A young single mom struggles to make things better for herself and her daughter while dealing with government bureaucracy, homelessness, sneers from the people behind her in the grocery checkout when she uses food stamps, and scrubbing the filthy toilets of people much better off than her financially. The only thing missing on this woman is the cape.
– Chris Manson
In Memoriam: Harold Destin
By Charles Morgan III Harold Destin died last week. He had lived in Destin for 64 years. Harold’s father, Chubby Destin, ran the Shooting Star for many years. His mother...
By the Numbers: 12Eleven
By Nikki Hedrick With an influx of regular gigs in the Destin area, 12Eleven have steadily made a name for themselves in the region. The average member age is only 22...
Fun Facts About the Harbor Boat Parade
By Chris Manson This year’s event, happening Sunday, Dec. 15, on the Destin Harbor, is the 33rd annual boat parade sponsored by the Destin History & Fishing Museum. It starts at...
G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro: Have a Round at Marker 21
By Bruce Collier G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro in Fort Walton Beach has been open just a few months. The restaurant sits on the harbor, at the Marker 21 Marina....
Where to Spend Your Happy Hours
Baxter’s Bar & Grille 605 James Lee Road Fort Walton Beach 850-812-6868 When: 3-6 PM and 10 PM-Midnight daily. Closed Mondays (for now). Drink Specials: $3 wells, $2 drafts. Camille’s at Crystal...
Adopt, Don’t Shop: Tigger
Lorraine Whetsone from PAWS in Fort Walton Beach writes: “Meet Tigger. This handsome Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has been at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society since March. He needs to be home...