Jim and Joan and Diplo and Headless Bikemen and Patti

Here are five of Beached Miami’s most popular posts of the last three months. They are not the five most popular, because we wanted to mix it up a bit. Enjoy!

1. Does Joan Didion’s Miami Still Exist? (Sept. 15, 2010)

“Joan Didion’s 1987 book Miami chronicles the city during the roughly 25 years between the Cuban Revolution and the end of the first generation of Cuban exile. Didion portrays Miami as a sweltering locus of violence and vengeance where assassination plots and covert CIA actions constitute dinner table conversation in the exile community. In the words of a New York Times review, ‘Didion has turned so much sunny light into a murky underwater darkness full of sharks and evil shadows.'” Read more HERE.


“Forty years ago today, a Miami jury convicted one James Douglas Morrison — better known as the Lizard King, Mr. Mojo Risin, or simply Jim — on misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and open profanity. The verdict came more than a year after The Doors infamous concert at a converted seaplane hangar in Coconut Grove called the Dinner Key Auditorium, where Jim allegedly whipped out his [insert colloquialism for ‘penis’ here] in front of a crowd of about 12,000 Miami fans.” Read more HERE.

3. Diplo rocks BAR in front of his 500 closest friends (Oct. 9, 2010)

“Last night, at Diplo‘s “secret” show at BAR (formerly PS-14), which everyone with a Twitter account or a friend knew about, Miami was in good form. Loud, sweaty, sensual, breathless, lawless, harmonious, grimy. Walking indoors for Diplo’s set was like entering a dog’s mouth. Whenever a camera flashed, you saw an American Apparel ad. Strands of wet hair branched across bright foreheads like tributaries. Red lips. Flushed cheeks. And don’t get me started on the women.” Read more HERE.

Diplo Spins It at BAR

4. Miami Critical Mass Halloween Costume Ride (Oct. 30, 2010)

“A late afternoon downpour nearly stopped the Miami Critical Mass Halloween Costume Ride in its tracks. But the skies cleared just in time and some 300 headless bikemen showed up to ride 19 miles through Brickell, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Downtown, and Edgewater. A lot of riders wore costumes, but one committed group distinguished itself from the pack.”

Mario Kart Gang

See more photos HERE.

5. Patti Smith brings Miami to tears (Nov. 20, 2010)

“Reigning queen of art punk Patti Smith won the National Book Award Wednesday for Just Kids, a memoir about bohemian New York in the ’60s and ’70s and her ‘brother-sister’ relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Though she may have thumbed her nose at such establishment recognition as a scrawny 17-year-old poetess, Smith was obviously still high on her triumph Friday night at the Miami Book Fair. And this turned out to be very, very lucky for the hundreds of people in attendance.” Read more HERE.

Patti Smith at the Miami Book Fair