Quote of the Fortnight: Karen Russell’s “Dougbert Shackleton’s Rules for Antarctic Tailgating”

This week’s Quote of the Fortnight comes from Karen Russell’s “Dougbert Shackleton’s Rules For Antarctic Tailgating” featured in her collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. The story satirizes fandom of professional sports by describing the passion of the fans for the perpetually-losing Team Krill against Team Whale in the “Food Chain Games.” One can only think of the futility of the Chicago Cubs or any Washington, D.C. area sports team.


“The krill are in a rebuilding year. The krill are always in a rebuilding year. Every year the whole franchise of 60,000,000,000 krill gets eaten. Team Whale sucks Team Krill into the primordial combs of its baleen plates at twenty-eight knots. We’ve got a decent offense but we’ve got a pretty dismal record on defense. But this is going to be our season. With all your might, try to believe that.”



Post image from Wikimedia Commons by Loranchet – LIC-CC-BY-SA 3.o,

Quote retrieved from Goodreads.


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