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With ‘Star Island,’ Carl Hiaasen takes aim at celebrity culture

After 15 novels and 25 years as a columnist for the Miami Herald, Carl Hiaasen has earned a reputation for writing funny fiction and fierce commentary. Now he has taken on celebrity culture with a new book, “Star Island,” which debuted last week at number two on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The novel is about a minimally talented pop star named Cherry Pye and the people in the circus around her. The book gave Hiaasen a chance to aim his laser-like wit at the making of tabloid fodder. But the research for the book was an excruciating task, even for this former investigative reporter.

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  • quentinleo

    Please keep Carl Hiassen coming at us on Need to Know.

  • wcaruso

    still writing foor Miaami H?

  • Kathy Zimmerman


    I was watching the interview with Carl Hiassen last night. I thought the interview was terrific and there was a lot to what he was saying. I have a question for Alison. I know this is strange but I just love the periwinkle sweater/blouse that she was wearing at the beginning of the segment. Periwinkle is my favorite color and I think the design of the sweater/blouse is very pretty. Could you let me know where I can purchase a blouse like this one. I would appreciate it if you could let me know. Thanks so much for answering my question. Also, thanks for such a great show.

    Sincerely, Kathy Zimmerman

  • Alison Stewart

    Hey Kathy,

    After 3 years at NPR…I had to dig back into my MSNBC wardrobe boxes to pull out that sweater, so I’m not sure it is still available. It is by a designer named Larry Levine. His clothes are affordable and do come in great colors. Maybe try to find an online retailer.


  • mary

    My favorite line in Star Island:
    $300.00 for an eyepatch, can you believe it, I could buy a whole goddamn sheep and train it to sit on my face….Luv the governor…