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December 18, 2018


Zoe Contros Kearl

Miami photo

Album: The Hills (RL Grime Remix)
Band: The Weeknd, RL Grime
Released: November 6, 2015
Label: Universal Republic Records
Length: 4:31


You’re in Miami and you're driving under the banyans and the palms and you're heading away from the tennis courts by the water and you're looking at the sky above the parkway and you're heading home and sometimes it feels like you'll always be in Miami.

The air is so luxuriously heavy. 

Iggy Pop said that Miami is an elegant coma, or something like that, and you believe him. You’re standing on your balcony, bare feet on the white tile’s high shine, you’re smoking a cigarette and watching an incredibly handsome man shrug off a Versace bath sheet and dive headlong into the neon blue waters of your pool. Lights flood the trees and you feel you have maybe always been in Miami.

You live in the sky. You have never lived in the sky before.

It’s early morning, you can see the sun rising above Key Biscayne. The air is moving fast, trade winds across your face, and you think tonight you'll go to South Beach. Lately you've been tired, but you want to see something. You are late but nobody in Miami believes in a strict concept of time, so you pour another cup of coffee.

This building, this balcony, all of this was jungle not so long ago.

Night falls and it’s Wednesday, maybe Thursday, you’re free. You cross the causeway in a black car. The buildings are timeless. You see the old motels, the luxury hotels, the pastels of winter havens and endless summer. You go to the Miami Edition, sit in the Matador Room and drink slowly, watching the room. Everyone is beautifully drunk.

You stand and walk with your drink in your hand down to the old pool, past the new one, stand in the perfect grass. You slip off your loafers and breathe humid ocean air. You can hear the waves and you are alone and you stare up at the art deco diving platform. The concrete. 

You fish a mint leaf from the freezing glass and put it in your mouth, play it against your tongue. 

Miami is ever, always.


Drink: Mojito
2 oz Flor de Cana rum
2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz soda water 
7 mint leaves
Fucking shake it, and be careful, it will 100% explode when you open the shaker.


image: Zoe Contros Kearl