Lit-Link Round-up

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This week’s Sunday essay is from Susan Straight.  Here’s Susan talking to Brad Listi at Other People.  Tod Goldberg is interviewing her for the Rumpus soon.

Something about this election is giving everyone PTSD flashbacks of Ayn Rand.  Here’s Steve Almond’s Election Literary Smackdown pitting Rand against Steinbeck.  And here’s your Sunday-spit-take winner: George Saunders’ “I Was Ayn Rand’s Lover.”

Sandy-survivors, Melville House offers First-aid for your water-damaged books.

I find GoodReads kind of indecipherable.  Still, their Choice Awards are some of the only awards out there entirely driven by readers, so voting seems worthwhile.

An excerpt from Cris Mazza’s provocative memoir of inorgasmia, Something Wrong With Her, which she also explored on the Sunday Rumpus recently.

Barbara Shoup was an early mentor of mine in the Other Voices magazine days.  Here’s an excerpt from her timely and beautiful new novel, An American Tune.

And I heard Kat Meads read this week at Women & Children First, in Chicago.  She knocked me on my ass.  I’m not that interested in either historical novels or Russian history (uh, probably I’m not supposed to say that in public?) but Kat’s For You, Madam Lenin, transcends those kinds of specialized categories.  It’s a vibrantly alive, weird, deeply psychological novel.  Don’t take my word for it: Kat talks about her work here.

My comrades at the Rumpus’ “On Hands and Knees” Litcrawl event: Rob Roberge and Emily Rapp, live on YouTube. And here’s Stephen, previewing his Happy Baby screenplay.  Man, it was a nice show.

Bloomberg has endorsed Obama.  Colin Powell did it too.  Will it matter?  What about those Bane Capital-owned voting machines?  Fingers crossed that I won’t be sending out the Round-up from Canada next Sunday…


Gina Frangello’s fourth book of fiction, Every Kind of Wanting, was released on Counterpoint in September. Her last novel, A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series, has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah, and was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, the Executive Editor for Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies. More from this author →