The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


This week, the book blogs have been talking about the future of reading and literature, which leads me to believe that they don’t think it’s dead.

I don’t believe them. The sad truth is that they’re taking Reading Rainbow away from the children  forever, which means it’s only a matter of time before the kids stop reading entirely and turn into violent video game-playing, Twinkie-eating, morbidly obese fighting machines that will eat older generations alive as soon as they’re old enough to buy firearms.

And now, some more hopeful news and opinions.

Maud Newton finds people going through her library’s recycling to find books to read.

In San Luis Obispo, Jacket Copy reports that people are reading in public!

The forces are gathering against the Google settlement.

It’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Writer.

Anne Fine calls for change, saying that current children’s lit “is dauntingly bleak, with depressing endings that do little to inspire.” The Guardian objects to her argument. I do too.

A fascinating article at Wired about “the new literacy.” “I think we’re in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Greek civilization.” (via Bookninja)

Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →