Russell and Oatman discuss her Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel Swamplandia!, as well as topics ranging from the imagination, vampires, and what kind of horse Mitt Romney would be.
MJ: What do you think poses the biggest threat to our imaginations?
KR: People really get myopic as they get older. We’re not a culture that encourages dreaming or distraction. We’re not ever good at just being. I remember reading some Adrienne Rich quote where she talks about how important it was just to watch bubbles rise in a glass.
Oatman’s interview offers readers insight into Russell as a writer and a window into the Everglades of Russell’s imagination.