Devotion is her first novel. She was raised in Arizona by her Jewish mother and Palestinian father. Sonora is her first novel. Women have always been seen as monsters. Men from Aristotle to Freud have insisted that women are freakish creatures, capable of immense destruction. Maybe they are. These monsters embody patriarchal fear of women, and illustrate the violence with which men enforce traditionally feminine roles.
They also speak to the primal threat of a woman who takes back her power. In a dark and dangerous world, Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers asks women to look to monsters for the ferocity we all need to survive. Sady Doyle is an author, journalist and opinion writer. Her latest book, Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy and the Fear of Female Power is devoted to exploring monstrous images of women in pop culture, mythology and society, and the mechanisms of patriarchal control that exist to tamp down women's fearsome potential.
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Talia Lavin is a writer based in Brooklyn, whose musings on food, faith and the far right have been featured in the New Yorker, the Washington Post and the New Republic. Her book about white nationalism online will be published by Hachette Books in Chris L. Terry: Black Card. Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator sings rap songs at an all-white country music karaoke night, absorbs black pop culture, and attempts to date his black coworker Mona, who is attacked one night.
The narrator becomes the prime suspect and earns the attention of John Donahue, a local police officer with a grudge dating back to high school. Forced to face his past, his relationships with his black father and white mother, and the real consequences and dangers of being black in America, the narrator must choose who he is before the world decides for him. Terry was born in to an African American father and an Irish American mother. Terry lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Her battle ground is the courtroom; her crusade to transform clients from victims into warriors. In gripping detail, Carrie shares the diabolical ways her clients are attacked and how she, through her unique combination of advocacy, badass relentlessness, risk-taking, and client-empowerment, gets justice for them all. There are stories about a woman whose ex-boyfriend made fake bomb threats in her name and caused a national panic; a fifteen year old girl who was sexually assaulted on school grounds, then suspended when she reported the attack; and a man whose ex-boyfriend used a dating app to send over men to his home and work for sex.
With breathtaking honestly, Carrie even shares stories of her own shattering abuse. While her clients are a diverse group—from every gender, sexual orientation, age, class, race, religion, occupation and background - offenders are not. They are highly predictable. In this book, Carrie offers a taxonomy of the four types of offenders she encounters most often at her firm: assholes, psychos, pervs, and trolls. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Carrie spent five years working for Nazi victims, and before starting her firm in , she worked at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City.
She was featured in the documentary Netizens, and her life and work is the basis for an upcoming fictional legal procedural television show. Christine Lagorio-Chafkin is an award-winning journalist who has covered culture, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship for the past 15 years. She was raised on a sheep farm in rural Wisconsin and now lives in New York City with her husband, cats, and toddlers.
Well, half a sham. While the program has successfully launched five capsules into space, the Chief Designer and his team have never successfully brought one back to earth. But in a nation built on secrets and propaganda, the biggest lie of all is about to unravel. Because there are no more twins left. Combining history and fiction, the real and the mystical, First Cosmic Velocity is the story of Leonid, the last of the twins.
Taken in from a life of poverty in Ukraine to the training grounds in Russia, the Leonids were given one name and one identity, but divergent fates. Now one Leonid has launched to certain death or so one might think… , and the other is sent on a press tour under the watchful eye of Ignatius, the government agent who knows too much but gives away little. And while Leonid battles his increasing doubts about their deceitful project, the Chief Designer must scramble to perfect a working spacecraft, especially when Khrushchev nominates his high-strung, squirrel-like dog for the first canine mission.
He co-founded the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live and led the writers' workshop at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home for eight years. He spent a decade in television, for which he won four regional Emmy Awards, and he was a columnist for the Savannah Morning News. He is currently a lecturer at Columbia University.
Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood is a thrilling new feminist voice. Her precise, searing language—at times blistering and rioutous, at times soulful and exuberant—explores the boundary between what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear. Gatwood asks, How does one grow from a girl to a woman in a world wracked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? A dazzling debut collection of raw and explosive poems about growing up in a sexist, sensationalized world, Life of the Party illustrates that what happens to our bodies makes us who we are.
Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as an educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. She is a full-time touring artist, and has performed at more than two hundred schools and universities worldwide. This event will be held at The Bell House 7th St. Buy Tickets Here. Bassey Ikpi was born in Nigeria in Four years later, she and her mother joined her father in Stillwater, Oklahoma —a move that would be anxiety ridden for any child, but especially for Bassey. Her early years in America would come to be defined by tension: an assimilation further complicated by bipolar II and anxiety that would go undiagnosed for decades.
Determined to learn from her experiences—and share them with others—Bassey became a mental health advocate and has spent the fourteen years since her diagnosis examining the ways mental health is inextricably intertwined with every facet of ourselves and our lives. Viscerally raw and honest, the result is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of who we are—and the ways, as honest as we try to be, each of these stories can also be a lie. Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart St.
In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. By the summer of , Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire.
Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government—and that can only end in murder. Ada Calhoun is the author of St. Have you ever seen a curmudgeon that looks like your brother, but is in such a bad mood you hardly recognize him?
You can try all the peanut butter sandwiches and brownies you have, but he is not moving. Caleb Crain: Overthrow. About the book: One autumn night, as a grad student named Matthew is walking home from the subway, a handsome skateboarder catches his eye. Leif, mesmerizing and enigmatic, invites Matthew to meet his friends, who are experimenting with tarot cards. Do they believe in telepathy? Can they actually do it? All six will be forced to reckon with the ambiguous nature of transparency and with the insidious natures of power and privilege.
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Choi: Permanent Record. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Never mind the state of his student loans. Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, step-and-repeats, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them. Every morning, Sussman makes her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk Hacarmel, her local market, which sells irresistibly fresh ingredients and tempting snacks—juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, addictive street food, and delectable cheeses and olives.
In Sababa, Sussman presents recipes for dishes inspired by this culinary wonderland and by the wide-varying influences surrounding her in Israel. Filled with transporting storytelling, Sababa is the ultimate, everyday guide to the Israeli kitchen. A lifelong visitor to Israel, she moved there in after meeting an expat American who has since become her husband.
When the Communist-backed army from the North invaded her village, sixteen-year-old Haemi Lee, along with her widowed mother and ailing brother, was forced to flee to a refugee camp along the coast. But as Haemi becomes a wife, then a mother, her decision to forsake the boy she always loved to ensure the security of her family sets off a dramatic saga that will have profound effects for generations to come. Born and raised in New York, she currently lives in Chicago. If You Leave Me is her first novel. The day after the screening of the movie Richard wanted most to see, Clare finds him standing outside the Museum of the Revolution.
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Meticulously constructed and brimming with layered, poetic imagery, The Third Hotel follows Clare through her time in Havana as the distinction between reality and fantasy becomes increasingly blurred. She is also the author of one previous novel, Find Me, and two story collections. His stories take place at the crossroads of the fantastical, searing, and hilarious. His characters grapple with parenthood and family, war and games, marijuana and cake, memory and love.
These stories never go to the expected place, but always surprise, entertain, and move The thread that weaves these pieces together is our inability to communicate, to see so little of the world around us and to understand each other even less. Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since The Idiot is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Storytime with Dani Gabriel: Sam! Sam is a nine-year-old boy who loves riding his bike and learning about the American Revolution.
Sam feels a sense of relief when he finally confides in his sister Maggie, and then his parents, even though it takes them a while to feel comfortable with it. Dani lives with their feisty and rambunctious family, which includes an year-old artist named Samson, a fierce year-old feminist named Magdalene, and a partner who is an electrician, an amazing cook, and a phenomenal human.
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You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything? Actually, a lot. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.
You know, typical drama. But it's nothing I can't handle. They grew up in Miami with two more Moulite sisters, a large extended family, a love for the ocean and their own Haitian culture. The character Alaine is an amalgamation of their experiences to a certain degree and their goal is to make Haitian culture and history more accessible through a fun, fast-paced, but also introspective story line that anyone can relate to. Nell Zink: Doxology. Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are waylaid by surprising arrivals—a daughter for Pam and Daniel, a solo hit single for Joe.
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She has worked in a variety of trades, including masonry and technical writing. In the early s, she edited an indie rock fanzine. She lives near Berlin, Germany. Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.
Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for The Times. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and three children. In this debut collection of enormously perceptive and brutally unsentimental short stories, Parsons illuminates the ache of first love, the banality of self-loathing, the scourge of addiction, the myth of marriage, and the magic and inevitable disillusionment of childhood.
Taking us from hot Texas highways to cold family kitchens, from the freedom of pay-by-the-hour motels to the claustrophobia of private school dorms, these stories erupt off the page with a primal howl—sharp-voiced, bitter, and wise. Black Light contains the type of storytelling that resonates somewhere deep, in the well of memory that repudiates nostalgia. She lives near New York City. With rigorous compassion and great formal dexterity Bendorf imagines a new world for all of our animal selves in which we are truly seen and truly safe. At the same time these are poems that never shy from the shocking violence and cruelty of this world.
Over and over again people come together to make their individual and communal body whole, knowing all the while that so much of the world seeks to wreck even the simplest kinds of safety. Baez Bendorf is making a future grammar for the moment all of our vessels are free and held. I am living for the world these poems anticipate. Perfect for back to school, this is a funny and empowering picture book about a spotted pig in a class full of pink pigs who learns to accept her differences, from debut author-illustrator K-Fai Steele.
But one day a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different. Some of her many interesting jobs and experiences include installing The Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, joining an artist collective living in an old coffin factory in Philadelphia, building archival enclosures for very old books in a library, launching maker-space programs for urban libraries, and advising educators nationally on ways that libraries and museums can be places of learning for youth.
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He also accidentally adopts a goofball orphan who desperately wants to be his sidekick. What to do… Rated PG. What would life be like if your feelings were on display for all to see? This Pixar-animated film cleverly shows us when feelings literally come alive through Riley, an year-old girl who has some trouble adjusting to her new environs when her parents uproot her from Minnesota and move to San Fransisco.
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Rated PG— The five-film franchise generates a lot of "LOLs" as its characters attempt to survive the Paleolithic ice age. The fan-favorite continues to live on for its laugh-out-loud, moments of skipping school that all kids can relate to sorry, parents. Let's be real: "Life moves at you pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.
Go to the content Go to the footer. Best family comedy movies 1. Buy now. Buy Now. Flippy rarely dies in the series. He is the most popular character in the show. He has his own action show called W.
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According to the first episode, Flippy was originally not a particularly good soldier. He demonstrated an inability to throw his knife straight, accidentally killed both of his teammates, hid in the carcass of Sneaky in fear , and accidentally threw a slice of pizza at the enemy commander rather than his knife. He flips-out for the very first time when he hides inside his comrade's dead body to not be killed by the Tiger Army.
Most likely, the first time he flipped out, he did it because his instincts told him he must fight or die, and so he fought. He ended up losing his hands in the fight with the Tiger Commander, but he was apparently able to re-attach them some time between the events of W. Journal and the regular Happy Tree Friends series unless these episodes, like the regular Happy Tree Friends series, revert everything back to original at the start of each new episode. The only episodes that Flippy dies when he appears are Happy Trails Pt. Flaky is a light crimson -colored porcupine whose quills are full of white flakes of dandruff , hence her name.
Flaky is one of the most popular characters in the series and has the identifiable personality of being a very cautious and timid character. She has ski boots. Flaky has often been viewed as a coward or very shy. However, Flaky's actions in both the internet episodes and the TV series go against this as she has been brave and on several occasions saved her own life. Flaky is actually one of the kindest characters on the show, such as saving a baby bird in "Take a Hike".
She is often seen around Lumpy, Sniffles, Flippy, and Cuddles. Additionally, when hanging around with Cuddles, Flaky is often forcefully dragged into situations that lead to one or both of their demises, despite her warning Cuddles about possible dangers that could occur as seen in "Water You Wading For", "Let it Slide", and "The Wrong Side of the Tracks". Her deaths tend to involve either being skinned, burned, eaten, and like Lumpy, can also involve animals.
Flaky is a very sweet and helpful character, as evidenced by a couple of the TV episodes. All these factors suggest that Flaky is not only overcautious as opposed to being a coward , but also one of the more kind characters of the series. However, as seen in the episode "Snow Place to Go", she seems to be somewhat unstable - near the end of the episode, she begins to go insane and makes a companion with a garden gnome , singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby" to it after being trapped in the Arctic with no food or civilization.
Although in many instances she is very weak, even when she is powered by fear , this doesn't usually lead to her death but it can confuse many characters and they sometimes misunderstand something else. This look is mostly looked in Without a Hitch, although then again this was her imagination. In "Party Animal", it is revealed that she is allergic to peanuts, as she gets: a purple rash , big lips, and bloats up like a balloon. She also has a fear of flying , and is prone to vomiting. The fact that she is a porcupine often causes trouble - her quills often impale other characters and destroy objects unintentionally.
Because of her quills, Flippy even once used her as a weapon with which he killed Cuddles in "Keepin' it Reel". Also, she is sometimes skinned, as in "Class Act" and "Let it Slide", when she falls down a tight space, her quills stick out when going down. When she comes out of the other end, her muscles are exposed. In "Easy Comb, Easy Go" one of the hair growth formulas from a truck Disco Bear drives lands on her, which causes her quills to grow and impale Handy.
In "Take a Hike", she tried to save one of the eagle chicks by putting it back into its nest but accidentally destroys it, which provokes the mother to attack and make her into a new nest. She is also killed by other things like carnivorous flowers in "Idol Curiosity", Godzilla at the end of "Wingin' It" and animals like seagulls in "Wipe Out", a killer whale in "Snow Place to Go" and an eagle in "Take a Hike". The excessive dandruff has sometimes been exploited by other characters. Her dandruff is also used to create a snowing effect for a play in Class Act. A running gag in the series is whenever she runs, shakes, or is struck by something, her dandruff would always fall out.
Flaky's first and third kills were done after she had been killed. In the episode, "Rink Hijinks", when Disco Bear carelessly pushes her, he falls onto Lumpy's floor buffer, causing her quills to fly out of control and pierce Disco Bear to death. In "Party Animal", after she got popped like a balloon by Mole, her quills pinned him to the wall.
Her second kill is from "Let it Slide", because Lumpy accidentally turned off the water, she loses her quills all over the water slide and separates the slide; later on, when Cuddles slides down, he is sliced in two by the separated slide. In "Mime to Five", she is bisected by Cuddles' intestines, her blood splatters on Lumpy and the killer ducks eat him and Giggles alive. Flaky is often mistaken for a boy due to her lack of eyelashes. It was later confirmed that she is a girl. She is voiced by Nica Lorber. Handy is an orange beaver with inexplicably amputated hands.
The stumps on the ends of his arms are wrapped with bandages. He wears a tool belt and a yellow worker's helmet. He has mostly been portrayed as an adult but a couple of times he has been portrayed as a child such as in "Happy Trails pt. His home is a dam, chiefly constructed of tools that are operated by hand. Despite his lack of hands, he is still capable of building many things, big or small, though we never actually see him build them.
It is usually off-screen, with the exception of "Wheelin' and Dealin'", where he is seen putting the final touches on his race car. He is pretty stubborn and short-tempered. Whenever we see him try to do something which would usually require hands, he fails and pulls his trademark frustrated look, indicating that he forgot that he doesn't have hands. Usually, when he finds a compromise, it will lead to his own death and sometimes the death of others. His deaths generally involve either glass , his organs, impalement , being cut in half, or his head.
He also seems to feel no shock or remorse at seeing others die or get injured, the only exceptions seem to be Petunia and The Mole, as seen in the episodes "I Nub You", "House Warming", and "Don't Yank My Chain" respectively. It is possible that in the TV series, Handy has gained an interest in flying, as seen in "Who's to Flame? Sometimes he stays in the air from when he first appears in the episode until his death. From the episode, "In a Jam", it became apparent that he has photosensitive epilepsy flashing lights trigger a seizure and his eyes go wonky, he will jitter, and foam at the mouth.
Petunia is an indigo and dark blue skunk with a sky blue arrow marking on her forehead , which is connected to the triangle -shaped marking on her back and sky blue lines on her long tail. She always wears a pink flower on top of her head and a pine scent car air freshener or deodorizer around her neck. She likes to play with dolls and strollers and also likes having tea parties. Petunia is often seen in the series with Giggles. They appear to be best friends, as they run a lemonade stand together, play together, and exercise together. Petunia's deaths are often the most gruesome in the series such as having her face burnt onto a burger grill by Flippy, being flattened by Cro-Marmot, committing suicide with a potato peeler , being sucked through the drain of a sink, having her organs popped out by bed springs , and having her bottom half skinned, then being ripped to pieces and consumed by a demon.
Her deaths generally involve her head or household appliances , such as sinks. In the Internet series, she and Giggles had almost identical personalities. When the TV series came out, however, the creators gave her obsessive-compulsive disorder. Consequently, she is now portrayed as a " neat freak ". She takes showers five times a day as it reveals in the "Collect Them All" section, and if things are dirty or out of their proper place, she starts to hyperventilate.
She will do anything to clean it up again. In the TV episode "Wishy Washy", she didn't kill anybody except herself skinning herself alive with a potato peeler to get clean, after getting covered in sewage. In the episode "Blind Date", she was seen dating with Disco Bear, even though she hates him. Petunia yells at Disco Bear and is afraid of him. Petunia, like Giggles, has been used as damsel in distress on some episodes, which is evident in "House Warming", "Gems the Breaks", "Who's to Flame?
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Petunia rarely survives. Most of these episodes are from the TV series. Disco Bear is a light orange-colored bear with an orange afro and sideburns who likes to dance to disco music thus his name. He wears s style clothing, including a yellow leisure jacket, yellow bell-bottom pants, and orange and white dancing platform shoes. His main catchphrase is "Oh yeah! If he gets interested in anything, he will growl in a deep voice.
He sometimes puts everyone around him into life-threatening trouble while dancing, but mistakes their movements of pain for funky dance moves. He is mostly seen either showing off or trying to impress female characters, such as Giggles, Petunia, although he gets turned down each time. While he sometimes flirts with Flaky, he has a tendency to ignore her. He has a hair net.
In " Ipso Fatso ", as Disco Bear wakes up and dances to the bathroom, one can see a gold record hanging on the wall in his bedroom, indicating he may have once released a hit album that earned him a small fortune before the disco era came to an end. Further, his silhouette can be seen on a disco record in a jukebox in "A Change of Heart", possibly hinting he released that album. His deaths usually involve his head, his eyes, or explosions.
Disco Bear has poor eating habits, eating hot dogs , eggs , bacon and other fatty foods while moaning over fruits and vegetables , as seen in "A Change of Heart" and "Ipso Fatso". From this, he's overweight , occasionally suffers from low self-esteem, and has heart problems. Besides disco dancing, he's talented at roller skating , downhill skiing , and throwing frisbees long distances.
It's been stated in several DVD commentaries, and in the HTF forum, that when the internet series started, most people in the staff except for Rhode Montijo didn't like Disco Bear because they found him annoying. Warren Graff said that it wasn't until the TV series started that they began to like him. Disco Bear has more often than not been seen playing and dancing to music throughout the series. He is seen dancing to a jukebox in "A Change of Heart", and he dances to headphones in "Hello Dolly". He even has an alarm clock that plays s music in "Ipso Fatso".
He never speaks, because he is a mime , causing others to have a hard time understanding him.
Sometimes the things around him are imaginary, such as walls in "Dunce Upon a Time", which he uses in the name of showmanship. He has even done some seemingly impossible things, such as making an audible honking sound while riding a unicycle in "Concrete Solution" and making noises while interacting with his 'imaginary' furniture. It was once said that he's mute, but in some episodes, like in "Happy Trails pt. This has led to other characters' deaths, such as in "Who's to Flame?
He is talented with circus skills like juggling which he can do with one hand and creating balloon animals , though his attempts to entertain his fellow Happy Tree Friends often have fatal consequences. Mime is very fond of peanuts , going so far as to stick his hand in a blender to eat them. Sometimes, he stays seated on his unicycle throughout entire episodes. Mime is the only character who rarely survives but doesn't die in the two TV episodes "Who's to Flame? He lives in a tent, which, on the inside, looks like a regular house with invisible or imaginary furniture as seen in "Easy For You to Sleigh", and "Mime to Five".
He dies quick and painless deaths more than any other character except in Happy Trails pt. His audible-noises were provided by Sarah Castelblanco. He can fly, shoot laser beams from his eyes , has super strength , super speed , in vulnerability , supersonic hearing , can turn back time , and can breathe ice. He is often seen doing housework until he hears the screams of a character that needs to be rescued. His appearance is somewhat based on Rocky J. Squirrel from Rocky and Bullwinkle. Similar to Flippy, Splendid isn't featured in either the TV or internet series a lot due to his repetitive trend of accidentally killing the characters he rescues.
Whenever he appears, he is the character the episode revolves around with the exception of "Class Act". The irony of Splendid being a superhero is that he often unintentionally kills the characters he rescues Giggles in particular. This is usually either because of his ignorance or his own powers. Most of the time, he is oblivious to the other characters' deaths. He often flies away without checking to see if the other characters are actually safe with the exception of the episodes, "Helping Helps" and "Wrath of Con".
In most episodes he appears in he kills all characters present, though in some episodes ex. He believes that being a superhero is a pain in the neck. Some think that Splendid has never died in the Internet shorts. This all depends on whether or not the fans assume that Splendid was killed in the schoolhouse explosion in Class Act. You can see Splendid fly in when everyone is hurt outside.
In his first Ka-Pow! He was about to get acquainted with him, but Splendont snubbed him, and they began to fight each other to determine who is the better superhero. After Splendont shoved the moon towards Splendid and ran him into the ground, his doppelganger flew away, making this the first time Splendid has ever been defeated. He pressed his acorn-shaped watch to contact a team of other animal superheroes called the SSSSSuper Squad for assistance. They were last seen trying to pry Splendid out of the pavement, but failed when the giant crowbar they were using broke.
He enjoys fishing , sailing and eating seafood , one of his animal instincts , especially mussels , which was why he was named Russell. He also likes kite flying and even runs his own fast-food restaurant Mime to Five. His hook started off on his left hand, but later on, it is on the right hand for the rest of the series. Russell's initial character design depicted him with a five o'clock shadow, though since his early appearances the creators got rid of it. He stopped having a five o'clock shadow since Get Whale Soon. Typically, his vocabulary consists only of "Yar! Sometimes, when put in a scary or violent situation Russell will go insane, start laughing in a crazy manner and his eye turns into the color of gray, as seen in Get Whale Soon and Snow Place to Go.
Because Russell spends most of his time in the water, he is rarely seen with the other characters, though he does appear in a few episodes with Lumpy, although nowadays he seems to appear with all the others as well. His deaths usually involve sea animals or getting impaled. From the episode, Sea What I Found, when Russell woke up and went to his closet to change his peglegs, it is evident that his legs are partially amputated. He is the second character to wear pants. Also, he's the third character without visible ears as seen in his Internet shorts introduction when he took his hat off for a few seconds, and in "Something Fishy".
Russell wears a stripy undershirt when he goes to sleep. He lives in a big pirate ship shaped treehouse and sleeps on a hammock. Since he only has one eye and his vision is becoming blurry, he's recommended to wear a contact lens as seen in A Sight for Sore Eyes. Russell was also the main character in YouTube Copyright School, an educational short film for YouTube users about the dangers of copyright infringement possibly a parody of Goofy 's How To.. A blind dark pink mole with black sunglasses or possibly teashades with a mole by his nose. He wears a long purple turtleneck on his sweater.
Like Mime and Cro-Marmot, he doesn't speak. This could be due to the upper part of his turtleneck covering his mouth, though more likely he is mute , seeing as he never makes a sound even through his most excruciating deaths. Though he is not deaf , he does seem to have hearing problems, as seen in Party Animal. Because disaster often follows his blind wandering, his actions and characteristics resemble those of Mr. Despite being completely blind, he is often seen driving. According to the commentary for Pitchin' Impossible, The Mole was originally supposed to be a secret agent but it was removed when the series was created.
It was until the episode, Mole in the City, that his secret agent identity was used. He also has an enemy known as The Rat, most likely because they both have careers in international espionage, The Mole for Americans and The Rat for Russians. A running gag in the series is The Mole doing things that require vision, such as reading a magazine or lighting a match to see in the dark. He usually has jobs that require good vision, which, in most episodes, leads to many characters' deaths Lumpy and Handy in particular and sometimes his own.
According to the commentary for Concrete Solution the writers do this just because they need something bad to happen, and The Mole and Lumpy are considered the worst people for almost any job. If the episode has to run smoothly, they use a tree friend capable of doing any given job correctly. In the web shorts, The Mole rarely dies, but usually causes harm to the other tree friends due to his disabilities. In the TV series, he dies much more often, but still survives a lot of episodes he has, thus far, survived in 25 episodes. His deaths usually involve his head, getting impaled or crushed, explosions , or loss of body parts.
It was shown that Flippy rips the Mole's skin off with a hanging hook. The idea was removed when the episode was finalized. He is the only character during the TV season that has 3 starring roles without starring alone.