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Karen Russell

  • When I was younger I used to lock myself in the bathroom and read in the dry tub. I was also a fan of the 'shoe closet.' Reading felt thrilling and illicit and deeply private to me, and I felt vulnerable doing it in public.

    • Karen Russell,
    • in The New York Times Review of Books ()
  • ... a secret, like an animal, can evolve. Like an animal, a secret can develop a self-preserving intelligence. Shaglike, mute and thick, a knowledge with a fur: your secret.

  • Madness, as I understood it from books, meant a person who was open to the high white whine of everything.

  • A food truce, the picnic suspension of oedipal feeling that permits the generations to love each other at family reunions.

Karen Russell, U.S. writer

(1981)