Authentically Fake

Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids
A History of One of Florida’s Oldest Roadside Attractions
Lu Vickers and Sara Dionne
University Press of Florida, $34.95, 320 pp.

The late Hunter S. Thompson once arrestingly remarked that crack cocaine had ruined the drug culture. Television and corporate capitalism have similarly affected American vulgarity, which has become so depressingly homogenized that dwarf-tossing contests can find franchises and even the tattoos all seem to be copyrighted. American yokeldom has gone to the dogs. And to the reality TV shows.

Lu Vickers and Sara Dionne here present...

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Michael O. Garvey works in public relations at the University of Notre Dame.