The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


“I feel that for writers, an obsession with what is elegant or what is a cliché or not a cliché can become very inhibiting.” Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro stands up for cliches. (via Bookninja)

“Laughs were out, torture porn was in.” Colin Bateman wonders what happened to humor in crime fiction.

GIANT wants to know what you would miss most if civilization were dismantled.

Hobart has a roundtable discussion of authors talking about publishing their first book. (via LHB)

At PANK, why you aren’t ready to be a writer. Read this one. It’s very good.

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 →