The Rumpus Books Sunday Supplement


This week, Rumpus books reviewed Terry Castle’s book of essays, interviewed Elaine Showalter, wrote about Nabokov, and talked about grief and Hamlet. Come see what you missed. 

A review of The Professor and Other Writings, a book of essays by Terry Castle.

Our very own Elissa Bassist has a fake interview with Elaine Showalter, and it is brilliant.

The last book Kathleen Alcott loved was Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle.

Terry Castle

In times of grief, says Michael Berger, we turn to art and literature “to become more madly ourselves.”

And most importantly, though this is not technically under the purview of Rumpus books, here’s a list of ways to help in Haiti, as well as updates by Brian Spears numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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 →