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 […]

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HBO is one step closer to looking like your bookshelf

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.

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On Karen Russell’s “The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis”

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.

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