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Karen Russell on writing and determined landscapes

Posted by rigorousm on October 9, 2014

KR:  In class, we talked about the way that institutions and cultural structures shape the characters’ personalities and generate plot—what’s possible and impossible in different climates, what characters are starving for in America versus London, how ubiquitous a real person can become in her absence, that ghost sprawling across minds and continents, and how that empty space develops its own strange weather.
— Karen Russell, interview with The Believer about her syllabus (link to full text)

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