The Naked Beat

Writing up my last story for the City Paper: a quick hit on the recent nude photo shoot at the Angel Oak. It reminded me of one of my favorite history pieces that I wrote for The Beaufort Gazette about one of the nation’s first nudist colonies.

A 1935 advertisement for the sanctuary talks of “Lazy hours under a balmy sky. Jungle trails, festooned lagoons, palm-fringed vistas where wild game and wild fowl in their habitat greet you unafraid.”’

Many curious fishermen dropped anchor near the island’s shores when the nudists first arrived, Beaufort native Arthur Levin told The Beaufort Gazette in 2001.’

"Fishing was never better in the creeks around Cat Island then it was that summer," he said.’

For those interested, here’s the Angel Oak picture (lots of naked people, but artsy). Story will be in next week’s issue.

Three problems with Pawlenty’s vid launch

OK. Yes, the candidate is seriously underestimated in some circles. And the content of the video launch hit all the right points. But here are three problems I had with it:

1. The premise: I could do what every other presidential candidate does when they announce they’ll run for president. Instead, I’ll do what Newt and Mitt did a few weeks ago and just announce on YouTube.

2. The subtle premise: I’m not going to read from a teleprompter in front of a podium like President Obama. I’m going to read from a teleprompter just stage left of this camera.

3. And the canned applause (or weird applause sound effect) when he says he’s running for president. Let’s not do that again.

I’m going to miss reporting on Charleston’s urban cycling movement. Wonder what the cycling scene looks like in Goose Creek. #storyidea

From Fables Vol. 5 in honor of current voter ID debate in s.c.

From Fables Vol. 5 in honor of current voter ID debate in s.c.

"Blessed Experiences: Proudly Southern and Genuinely Black."

— The title for Rep. Jim Clyburn’s forthcoming memoir. Via POLITICO’s James Hohmann

"I have spoken to most of the guys. … First in the South; we’ve done a very good job of selecting the person to represent the Republican Party. I think we’ll continue to do so."

— Tim Scott on ABC’s “Top Line” webcast.

(Source: gop12.thehill.com)

Just posting this pick as a test. It’s the plot map for a proposed rezoning near the I-26 ramps on Meeting Street. Property owners want to put a building at the back of the lot that’s similar in height to Charleston Place.

Just posting this pick as a test. It’s the plot map for a proposed rezoning near the I-26 ramps on Meeting Street. Property owners want to put a building at the back of the lot that’s similar in height to Charleston Place.