Once you get over the fact that some 32-year-old is a MacArthur Genius and you're not (yes, yes, except for you, Tarell McCraney), why don't you go back and read this interview with newly-designated Genius Karen Russell. Maybe there are some secrets in there about how you can turn your brilliance into a pile of cash. Maybe not. Either way, it's worth a read.
To open with a bit of an understatement, author Karen Russell has had a very good year. Her debut novel, Swamplandia!, has received widespread praise since its publication in February (including a spot on the just-announced New York Times list of the 10 Best Books Of 2011). Then last month, the news broke that HBO has optioned the novel—a bildungsroman of sorts about a teenage alligator wrestler and her search for her missing sister—for what they describe as a “half hour comedy series." The adaptation will coincide with producer Scott Rudin’s other in-the-works literary projects, including Noah Baumbach’s take on Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, as well as [...]