The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


Good morning! I’m up against a pretty nasty deadline, so blogging might be a bit light today. In the meantime, here’s some links for you from the book blogs.

What is the state of reading among the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The worst dinner party ever: “The guests were ushered into a room that was decorated entirely in black…, lit only by flickering funeral lamps. Each guest’s place was marked with a gravestone engraved with his or her name, and instead of the customary soft couches, they reclined on rock-hard benches.”

The future is coming, and it looks like Google. “It is hard to overstate how big this change could be.”

Before this moment, I had never even considered the possibility of anything like bookrunners. I think I was born fifty years too late.

Rebecca Solnit at BOMB Magazine: “Like in New Orleans, the public was demonized. That’s the social disaster, which is not at all the same thing as a natural disaster.” (see also The Rumpus interview with Solnit)

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, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →