Robert A. Caro has spent the better part of his professional life chronicling the life and times of Lyndon Baines Johnson.
I got lucky during a walking tour of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort and Casino’s grand opening July 3. Our guide stopped in the Paradise Theater, an intimate 900-seat venue where the Big Kahuna himself was playing a sold-out, VIP show that evening. The first person we saw was Buffett’s long-time security chief, Charleston Miles. Among his many duties, Miles is the one who directs photographers during the show. Usually, he lets us shoot the first three songs – without a flash – and then sends us to our seats.
Normally, when Jimmy Buffett comes to Texas, it’s the beginning of Spring, when everyone ditches their hoodies, long pants and woolen socks and pulls out the Hawaiian shirts, surfer shorts and flip flops.
Of course, Spring 2013 has been anything but normal.
Andrew Solomon’s monumental work, “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity,” (Simon and Schuster) began as an assignment from the New York Times to write a piece on deaf culture.