Scarface. Cocaine Cowboys. How to Leave Hialeah. Now contraband smuggling story fans can add a new title to their list of must-haves: Tony Dokoupil’s The Last Pirate. The book’s subtitle says it all: “A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana.” Dokoupil, a reporter for NBC, will speak about his gripping, sometimes hilarious memoir this Sunday at the Miami Book Fair International. Beforehand, he spoke to our friends at the Miami New Times about the longing he feels for South Florida’s long-lost era of pot smuggling, despite the way the business tore his own family apart.
“I’m nostalgic about that era of marijuana because I think it was the final era in which we had criminals in this country who were truly larger cultural figures,” he says. “Pot today is so boring. It’s such a field of guys in suits with dimpled ties and square jaws and creeping bellies from too many steaks.” More at the Riptide blog.