Why we love Dave Barry -- The former columnist has two forthcoming books, and an intriguing screenplay

By Tanner Stransky
Updated October 01, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Though he gave up his syndicated newspaper column two years ago, Dave Barry hasn’t retired. Usually, a dose of him is a mouse click away. ”I started live-blogging 24 on davebarry.com,” says the author, 60, suppressing a chuckle. The Fox drama – one of his guilty pleasures – gets his signature satirical jabs, in minute-by-minute format. ”It’s one of the silliest shows in years,” he adds. ”But silly in a good way. I just love to smack my forehead – oh God, there’s another terrorist infiltrating!”

Despite entering the blogosphere, the Miami-based author hasn’t logged off print. He’s publishing two books this fall, Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far), a compilation of year-in-review columns, and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, the third installment in his best-selling children’s series of Peter Pan prequels co-authored with Ridley Pearson.

And Barry is going Hollywood, too. He recently sold a screenplay he co-wrote with Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten to Paramount Vantage. ”It’s about a tabloid reporter who discovers a huge, scary secret about the U.S. government,” Barry says. ”He tries to reveal it, but because he works for the Weekly World News, no one believes him even though it’s true.” Sound a tad heavy for the humorist? Don’t worry. ”I love to keep it light. I have nothing important to say – I never have,” he insists. ”And I’m fine with that.”