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Short Story Spotlight: "Proving Up", by Karen Russell

I’ve been on somewhat of a binge diet of short stories lately, consuming a few collections a week on average, as well as nibbling from the sundry literary journals floating around the house. 472 more words

Short Story


Author: Karen Russell

Type: Fiction novel

Published: 2011

I read it: February 2012

I made it a point to read this book based solely on the strength of Russell’s short story “Vampires in the Lemon Grove.” The novel had the tone and flow I expected and I made sure to read it at the proper pace: slowly. 437 more words

Impressions of Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha  

(Spoiler Alert: Small children spend a lot of time torturing each another)

One of my favorite anecdotes to tell about when I was a kid (or more of a kid) is the time my younger cousin choked me with the chord of an N64 control. 577 more words

Book And Comic Impressions

Strange, Unsafe Places

It’s summer. The time of the year where I leave the world Victorian England and enthusiastically approach more contemporary writings. I love the Victorians, but talking about them all day every day gets a bit old, even for me. 468 more words


Two collections

I picked up Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned and Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove recently and tore through them both.

Everything Ravaged… 684 more words


Swamplandia! (Karen Russell)

Swamplandia! is the first novel by Karen Russell.

The Bigtree family of alligator wrestlers is slowly falling apart: Grandfather Sawtooth had to be moved to a nursing home, mother Hilola recently died and The Chief doesn’t really know what to do with his children. 399 more words