Karen Russell & Wells Tower Discussing Swamplandia!
Karen Russell knows how to make a little blogger’s quiet heart squeal with joy.
Not only did she and Wells Tower engage in some hot back and forth over writing, novels, Florida, Southern Gothic, and Columbia University; not only did I get top-notch insults from two of the New Yorker Magazine’s “30 Under 40” stud authors; not only did I eat crackers and cheese, with grapes and a bit of wine; not only were those vittles provided gratis by the NYPL and its Young Lions program; not only did I get yelled at only once for breaking some invisible line separating the cheese servers’ side of the buffet from the cheese eaters’ side of the buffet, mostly because my love of Brie demanded I get around the old lady taking her sweet time with a couple strawberry slices; not only did all of this go abnormally, amazingly well, but Russell sent me spinning by saying:
- I was wondering if/when (ed: can’t remember which) you would come for my insult.
- The people at Powell’s (awesome bookstore in Portland, OR) told me to watch out for you.