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How is Dave Barry Looking These Days?

Dave Barry photo, with Dave Barry in a blue suit, sitting at a table, smiling politely

How’s Dave Barry looking these days? Frankly, pretty good.

He’s got a new book out, Insane City, described as “a zany Florida-freaky romp about a young man’s earnest efforts to make it to the church on time.” (Featured moments range from “the discovery of Seth’s three groomsmen, one sans pants, recumbent on a South Beach sidewalk to the presence of a lovesick orangutan in the back seat of a stolen police car.”)

Photo of Dave Barry holding up his book 'Insane City'.

Dave Barry is 65.  (He was born in 1947, same year as Hillary Clinton and O.J. Simpson.) It’s been eight years since he quit the syndicated humor column that made him a star; it ran in the Miami Herald from 1983-2005 and was syndicated widely. 

A pirate looks over the deck at a boy flying past the moon

While we haven’t been looking, he’s been writing the popular Peter and the Starcatcher series of books with co-author Ridley Pearson. The stories are loose prequels to the Peter Pan stories of J.M. Barrie, with Tinkerbell and others making appearances. The first book came out in 2004 and has been followed by four more, most recently Bridge to Neverland in 2011.

Now there’s also a Broadway play (“winner of five Tony Awards!”) and Disney is planning a Peter and the Starcatchers movie, too.

Photo of Dave Barry with a wide smile at a podium

No wonder Dave Barry is smiling.

Make all the “boy who wouldn’t grow up” comparisons you like! Good for him. Glad he’s still writing.

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