Theme Parks

July 1, 2012
(was 08.21.2011)

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree is having a difficult time.  Her mother has just died and business is down at her family’s gator-wrestling theme park, Swamplandia!   So begins Karen Russell’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, “Swamplandia!”  In this hour of TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, we’ll meet Russell, as we explore theme parks.  Also, getting high at Disney World

  1. Scott A. Lukas on "Theme Park"

    Scott A. Lukas is a cultural anthropologist and a former trainer at Six Flags Astroworld in Houston.  He's also the author of "Theme Park," which chronicles the evolution of the theme park.

    Scott Lukas' website.

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  2. John Jeremiah Sullivan on Getting High at Disney World

    John Jeremiah Sullivan reads an abridged version of his essay, "You Blow My Mind.  Hey, Mickey!" from "The New York Times Magazine."

    John Jeremiah Sullivan's complete unabridged essay

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  3. Karen Russell on "Swamplandia!"

    Karen Russell talks about her debut novel, "Swamplandia!," which focuses on a family-operated gator wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades.

    Karen Russell's "Swamplandia!" page on Random House's website

     

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  4. Nicholson Baker on "House of Holes: A Book of Raunch"

    Nicholson Baker talks about his new novel, "House of Holes: A Book of Raunch," which is set in a sexual theme park.

    Nicholson Baker's "House of Holes" page on Simon and Schuster's website

     

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