In our interview with author Karen Russell we discussed how her South Florida childhood influenced her bestselling book Swamplandia! about a gator-wrestling amusement park:
"We did go on annual field trips to watch alligator wrestling when I was a kid, so I’m sure that had some kind of psychological impact. … I think people from different regions probably have that relationship to who knows what, like a deer or a cow, I don’t know. But the alligator for me was the emblem of everything sublime and ancient and mysterious and other, so it had a lot of significance for me as a writer, and I just tried to translate that for readers."
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