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You Call Yourself a Miami-Bred Writer? See Ben Greenman

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Former Miami New Times staffer, Palmetto High grad, and current New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will read from his new book, Please Step Back, this Saturday at 5 p.m at Books & Books Coral Gables (265 Aragon Ave.).

If you missed our review of the book -- a retrospective of the '60s and '70s rock scene through the lens of fictional rockstar Rock Foxx -- give it quick read by clicking here.

Even better, read some of Greenman's work while he was a staffer here: proof he was researching this book as early as 1999; a literary deconstruction of a Hialeah Police press release (my favorite); a scarily relevant investigation into county spending habits; holy shit -- remember when people used to do the Ogggggg! chant at Heat games?; a beautiful investigation of Prince's hit "1999"; a hilarious piece about having a high school love interest make a movie about him; a five-minute interview with the Boss; ahh, the innocent days pre-Clinton and Lewinsky; an open letter to Whitney Houston; a review of Scorsese's Cape Fear; a spot-on prediction of Todd Haynes's later career; and an example of the ridiculously thorough knowledge Greenman has of American music history.

If you call yourself a Miami-bred writer, you should be there.

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