The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Because I have way too much time on my hands, and because it’s oddly fitting this week, the book blog roundup is in the form of a dialogue between a hopeless writer and his roommate, who is stoned and watching CSI.

Writer: “Fiction is dead.” (via)

Roommate: “Oh, everything’ll be fine. Dude, look! They just removed that lady’s skull cap with a plunger.” (via)

W: “No really. It’s not just fiction. Publishing is on its last legs. We’ve gone ‘one better than book burning.‘”

R: ”Hey, have you ever looked in Grissom’s eyes? I mean really looked?”

W: ”I mean, reading old interviews from the Paris Review makes me feel a little better, but we’re totally fucked. There’s not even such a thing as narrative anymore. And look at what Philip Roth is saying. And just look at you! When’s the last time you read a book?”

R: “That’s cold, man. Alright. Lemme see your computer. You said the dude’s name was Philip Roth?” (types)

(From computer speakers): “Most of my sex scenes have been with women without green dildos. This is a first for me.” (via)

R: “You got anything this Roth dude wrote?”


Seth Fischer's writing has appeared or is forthcoming 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 teaches and tutors at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles, and he was a Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. Find more writing of his writing at www.seth-fischer.com, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →