Crocodiles, Alligators and Swamplandia


A quintessential Floridian poster.  I’ve been thinking about this poster a lot with 29 year old Karen Russell’s first book “Swamplandia” in the news recently.   It’s a coming-of-age tale about a family of alligator wrestlers… maybe she got the idea from the Olympia’s nightly Crocodile Star,  Pernelet?  Last year, Russell was chosen one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” top fiction writers.  She was interviewed on NPR’s “The Dinner Party Download” about the book last month.  Had her book been about Crocodiles instead of Alligators, I would be tempted to  send her a heads up about the poster.

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