March 18, 2011
Karen Russell, Swamplandi: A Novel (New York: Knopf, 2011) ("Heaven, Kiwi thought, would be the reading room of a great library. But it would be private. Cozy. You wouldn't have to worry about some squeaky-shoed librarian turning the lights off on you or gauging your literacy by reading the names on your book spines, and there wouldn't be a single other person. The whole place would hum with a library's peace, filtering softly over you like white bars of light . . ." Id. at 222-223.).