Required Reading: Myths over Miami
Although related to neither New York nor comics, “Myths over Miami,” an inspired piece of urban writing from 1997, is required reading for anyone who is interested in how differently the taken-for-granted and urban everyday can be perceived and described by people. It is a heartbreaking and beautiful piece that cries out for dissemination and graphic adaptation:
To homeless children sleeping on the street, neon is as comforting as a night-light. Angels love colored light too. After nightfall in downtown Miami, they nibble on the NationsBank building — always drenched in a green, pink, or golden glow. “They eat light so they can fly,” eight-year-old Andre tells the children sitting on the patio of the Salvation Army’s emergency shelter on NW 38th Street. Andre explains that the angels hide in the building while they study battle maps. “There’s a lot of killing going on in Miami,” he says. “You want to fight, want to learn how to live, you got to learn the secret stories.” The small group listens intently to these tales told by homeless children in shelters.