Karen Russell on her MacArthur fellowship, celebrating the 90th birthday of Wallace Stevens’s Harmonium, catching up with John Freeman, and more.
Morning Bites: Grace Jones’s Memoir, Genius Grants, James Baldwin’s Essays, Parquet Courts Mixtape, and More
Genius grants for Donald Antrim and Karen Russell, looking back at James Baldwin’s essays, Parquet Courts has a mixtape, Jeff Jackson has a playlist, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Karen Russell’s Latest, Digitally Serialized Fiction, Will Self’s Evolution, and More
“I first saw his face when he appeared on Shooting Stars, a surreal comedy panel show that used to be on the BBC. As a teenager I liked him because his persona was borderline depressive, a black hole in the middle of the carnival. I also remember marveling at his name, which sounded too good to be real — I was certain it was a comic pseudonym, like Mr. Bean.” Ben Hamilton on Will Self (and Will Self’s Umbrella.) Pitchfork on Seattle’s […]
Indexing: Altman’s “3 Women,” Percival Everett, “Edie Investigates,” Sacramento Kings, Saul Bellow, Fashion Week
Indexing for February 18, 2012: Saul Bellow, Robert Altman, basketball writing, J. Robert Lennon, Nick Harkaway, Percival Everett, and more.
Growing up on the coast of Florida and living for a while on the coast of North Carolina, I’ve associated “skimming” with something more like this. (Or I usually call it “skimboarding” because “skimming” in the context of water sounds like something a lost fisherman would do; see the related: “skiff” and somewhat tangentially: “skip”.).
Posted by Jason Diamond The title of this post is the answer to the question, “What do Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan, Sam Lipsyte, George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Ames, Michael Chabon, Malcolm Gladwell, and now Karen Russell all have in common?” From The Hollywood Reporter: HBO is going to Florida with Scott Rudin. The premium cable network has picked up Swamplandia, a half-hour comedy project from Rudin based on Karen Russell’s book of the same name.
Tobias Carroll I spent last weekend in Portland. One of my days there involved a trip to the Stumptown Comics Festival, at which I picked up a number of minicomics. Reviews of several are forthcoming, as are pieces on books picked up at Powell’s, Reading Frenzy, and Microcosm. What follows are brief thoughts on the books I read while there.
Posted by Tobias Carroll If there was one signal I got from the world around me last week, it was this: I need to read more of Karen Russell’s work. Swamplandia! has been earning fine reviews right and left; besides that, two astute friends with fine taste in all things literary expressed surprise when I mentioned that I hadn’t yet read any of her fiction. Clearly, this needed to change.