Karen Russells

Have not read Swamplandia! or St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Who Were Raised By Wolves – on title alone both sound excellent – but I did enjoy Karen Russell’s article about Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla, seen here before a bull gored out his left eye:

Pepe doesn’t think he will ever recover from his son’s accident.

“I thought that I had killed him,” he says in a raw voice. “I thought that I had murdered my son. I was the one who encouraged him in this profession….”

Pepe Padilla has raised three toreros. (Oscar, the middle son, retired as a banderillero the day after Juan Jose’s goring and now runs a chain of pet-supply stores.) Pepe coached his sons after school, caping cows with them in the green hills around Jerez. He once dreamed of being a matador himself. As a teenager, he was a novillero, a matador in training. “But I was a coward,” he says, smiling. “Not like my Juan.”

Today, Pepe is a charmer in his sixties with uncorrected teeth, gold jewelry wreathed by silver chest hair, and one droopy eyelid. For decades he worked as a baker in Jerez, sleeping three or four hours, heading back out before dawn to support his seven children. (Seven children! Franco years, he grins, shaking his head. Everything scarce and hard-won, including condoms.)

So I went on twitter to see if Karen Russell was on there.  She is not, but there are 50+ other Karen Russells.  Here are some of the twitter biographies of these other Karen Russells:

Country girl at heart who loves her kids (fifth grader & my Navy girl), husband (the judge) and my animals (horses and dog). Life is Good!!!!

I’m a public relations professor, but in my spare time I read mysteries (and sometimes watch on film).

Lives in Fife. Ex Army, Qualified Veterinary Nurse. Doesn’t suffer fools.

Mom of 4 boys, blogger, addicted to Young Adult books, Facebook, and twitter.

23 & a sweet down-to-earth TX girl ! I work as a Paralegal in Downtown Houston!

Married 40 something mum working in OT, diagnosed in may 2011 with severe inflammatory arthritis,learning to accept life changes 🙂

Born, live and work in the best place in the world…. Yorkshire!!!

Christian, mom of three, wife, I make videos of various Christian topics

A curious lover of life who never tires of trivial facts or useful knowledge.

Mother of one, forgiven sinner, lover of classic rock, reader of mysteries, rider of motorcycles, and sometime knitter.

Accountancy student at Glasgow Uni, flute player, Scout Leader, and master of procrastination.

i am a mom to 3 special need boys

registered nurse, church pianist

engaged to a woman who has taught me to be a better woman and mother. so that makes me the luckiest woman in this world.

A feisty free spirit that has low tolerance for stupidity and loves to bake. I also love my grands

im 47 yrs old seperated from my husband i have four sons two are in the army and now my 16 yr old is thinking of joining.i was born in north london.

love spendin time with family n friends,love my job not many can say that haha, have two georgous children who are my world


Nutty 40 something that loves horse riding, badminton, hockey and watching pretty much all sport, am an Arsenal supporter, have 2 daughters & grumpy husband.

I teach mathematics

Lately Andrew Sullivan has had a lot of sentences like this:

Costica Bradatan explains why we’re moved by self-immolation:

Rob Dunn celebrates the celestial beauty of plants:

Gina Barreca locates literature’s odd place in the history of shoplifting:

The Organ Recital, Henry Lerolle

at The Met.

There is literally nothing interesting on LeRolle’s wikipedia page, so we turn to a tidbit sent recently from our Greenville office.  Our correspondent there found this on the wikipedia page for the movie “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

“(Director Stanley) Kramer considered adding a fifth ‘mad’ to the title before deciding that it would be redundant but noted in interviews that he later regretted it.”




The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan.

Healthy living advocate J.I. Rodale wrote a book called The Healthy Hunzas in 1955 that asserted that the Hunzas, noted for their longevity and many centenarians, were long-lived because of their consumption of healthy organic foods such as dried apricots and almonds, as well as them getting plenty of fresh air and exercise. He often mentioned them in his Prevention magazine as exemplary of the benefits of leading a healthy live style.

Dr. John Clark stayed among the Hunza people for 20 months and in his book Hunza – Lost Kingdom of the Himalayas[19] writes: “I wish also to express my regrets to those travelers whose impressions have been contradicted by my experience. On my first trip through Hunza, I acquired almost all the misconceptions they did: The Healthy Hunzas, the Democratic Court, The Land Where There Are No Poor, and the rest—and only long-continued living in Hunza revealed the actual situations”. Regarding the misconception about Hunza people’s health, John Clark also writes that most of patients had malaria, dysentery, worms, trachoma, and other things easily diagnosed and quickly treated; in his first two trips he treated 5,684 patients.

Furthermore, Clark reports that Hunza do not measure their age solely by calendar (metaphorically speaking, as he also said there were no calendars), but also by personal estimation of wisdom, leading to notions of typical lifespans of 120 or greater.