Nathaniel Sandler

Nathaniel Sandler is a contributing editor for the arts at WLRN. He is also the co-founder and Head Librarian of the Bookleggers Mobile Library, serving Miami with free books on a monthly basis at literary events throughout the city.

He is a graduate of Vassar College where he received a B.A. in Asian Studies. He spent two years living in Japan and teaching English. A lot of his current writing focuses on collections based object analysis, from South Florida museums, such a The Curious Vault at the Miami Science Museum, which is reposted on WLRN.

Currently, in addition to the Miami Science Museum, he writes for the University of Miami Special Collections Library, The Miami Rail, ArtSlant, Red Flag Magazine, Where Magazine many others. He owns a canoe and is terrible at softball.

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This Is Miami
9:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Miami, Our Way: An Open Letter From WLRN To The New York Times

Credit Cristian P Cardenas Flickr

Dear New York Times,

Hello! It’s Miami! We wanted to write and let you know that we’re a real place. You’ve seen us before. We’re the ones that had that land boom in the 1920s.

We’re writing to you from the offices of WLRN, because we care. We love the Gray Lady. We wouldn’t dare see her honor besmirched because of us, Miami.

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Arts
12:01 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

As E-Books Dominate Printing, Collectors Gather To Trade Rare Finds

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

Going to an antiquarian book fair with a university’s special collections librarian is similar to walking around Central Park with a leaky bag of bread crumbs. Or if you prefer a local metaphor, like a chum brick floating in Government Cut, with sharks coming for miles bumping their noses against the boat to test the edibility of the situation. Watching the dealers shout down a respected and well-known book buyer is a sight to be seen.

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Subtropics Festival
6:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Architecture Is Alive: Some Reasons Why You Should Go to Subtropics Experimental Music Festival

An amplified triangle.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler / WLRN

It’s hard to explain to someone what “sound art” is. These are encounters that bend our traditional definition of music, and the truth is CDs and MP3s simply cannot reproduce the experience. 

Luckily, the Subtropics music festival is literally your sounding board—both an introduction and advanced course—and a navigational chart for becoming conquistador of sound.

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Banksy Controversy In Miami
12:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Banksy in Miami: Behind The Scenes At The Questionable Graffiti Auction

Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) 2012 by Banksy
Credit via mirror.co.uk

It seemed general consensus that no one really knew the facts about the auction last Saturday of a piece by graffiti artist Banksy. Certain parties weren't talking. In retrospect, the answer may have been simply that Fine Arts Auctions Miami knew what may be coming, that it would have to withdraw the piece over questions about who actually owns it. 

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Dry Tortugas
12:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Dry Tortugas Dispatch: Beckoning Birds, a Lighthouse, and No Ghost

A seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park
Nathaniel Sandler

In two nights sleeping under the arches at Fort Jefferson, I never saw the ghost. It is legend, or hearsay, but the myth persists. I trawled the halls regularly, even audibly coaxing at times to Dr. Samuel Mudd, the villainous co-conspirator against Lincoln, or any other poor soul who may have lived a life unfulfilled and made a specter amongst the fortified brick. There were plenty of candidates.

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The Art Of Science
3:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

From The Curious Vault At The Miami Science Museum: Calcite

The calcite in question.
Credit miamisci.org

 Tucked away on a high shelf in the collections room of the Museum of Science is a startlingly unique rock specimen. It is white with long jutting crystal arms and made of a fragile mineral called calcite. The piece looks like it comes from completely different planet.

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