We have a new Monthly Book Report coming out on Monday! If you haven’t already subscribed, today is the day. You don’t want to miss our roundup of the stellar fiction, nonfiction, and poetry reviews that went up on the site this month—plus, we throw in a Rumpus Original Fiction story for good measure....more
Posts Tagged: book review
In the New Yorker, Ben Tarnoff reviews Volume II of the Autobiography of Mark Twain.
Notorious for his ability to talk a blue streak, Twain dictated the entire three-volume tome of over 5000 typewritten pages while lying in bed awaiting, it would seem, his own demise....more
Joe Queenan reads books. Lots of books.
In fact, he surrounds himself with them (1,340 lay about his house to be exact). Queenan reads at least four hours a day every day, and although he is admittedly a slow reader, he has still managed to read 6,128 books in the last 55 years....more
Tom Lutz’s recent essay for the LA Review of Books discusses the missing generation of journalists, the layoffs that have forced out some of the greatest book reviewers from their staff positions on newspaper mastheads and the diminishing of the book review from newspapers at large....more
“The book review page is an odd cultural territory, often inhabited by such hybrid creatures — unlike their contemporaries in other disciplines, where the lines between critic and artist are more pronounced.”
All readers are book critics, but disseminating literary opinions to the masses is only part of the job description for some of us....more
This week The Rumpus brings you essays, an interview, a blurb and a review or two from good people like Michelle Orange and Josh Bearman and other special luminaries....more
Maybe because I’m one-quarter Belgian, or so my parents claim, I tend to go out of my way to discover famous Belgians. I’m half-kidding about that but I do admit there was a brief, embarrassing period when I claimed to have Belgian Gypsy blood just like that famous jazz guitar player Django Reinhardt who was in fact a real Belgian Gypsy. But as far as famous Belgian writers go, I haven’t read many, at least not until earlier this year when I discovered the amazing novelist Georges Simenon....more
Now that it’s finally Sunday, it’s time to read a new book. Perhaps you’ve noticed how Sunday parks and bars are full of blissed-out readers and lovers of the written word? Please take a hint....more
From Powell’s, a review: “If you can use the Net for anything, then you can use it for anything — including spam, denial-of-service attacks and computer break-ins carried out by spoofing IP addresses or poisoning domain-name server caches, all of which are enabled by the simplicity of the Internet’s core architecture.” …read more...more