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The Oberlin Review

Book Review: Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!

Aaron Botwick, Staff Writer
February 18, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, opens with a quote from Alice in Wonderland. The King exclaims to Alice, “I only wish I had such eyes. To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance, too! Why, it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!” It seems appropriate that ...

Mathias Énard Zone’s Out with Tall Tales, a Long Train Ride and a Failed Desire to Change History

Aaron Botwick
February 11, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Almost 150 pages into Mathias Énard’s Zone, his protagonist, Francis Mirkovic, remembers the point in his life when he stopped reading “adventure novels” and, because of his exposure to Joseph Conrad, began reading “simply novels.” It is a slight point that is quickly dismissed for a new sub...

Crispin Hellion Glover Shows Latest Work

Aaron Botwick
December 4, 2009
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Theater & Film

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Crispin Hellion Glover appeared in West Lecture Hall. The room was pitch-black except for a single red-tinted spotlight on his face. Without introduction, Glover began to present his “BIG SLIDE SHOW,” a collection of books from the 1800s that he rewrote for a one-hour dramatic...

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