Over a decade ago, I went through a mini Hiaasen phase and read at least three of his novels. They were irreverent, fast paced escapes but they also had substance in terms of political satire. When reading his essay, his well of ideas came as no surprise:
'In the end I did what satirists throughout the ages have done: I poached from current events and embellished to suit my plot.'
Carl Hiaasen, Real Life, That Bizarre and Brazen Plagiarist