David Peak reviews Dodie Bellamy’s Cunt Norton today in Rumpus Poetry....more
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Erin Miller reviews David Bartone’s Practice on Mountains today in Rumpus Poetry....more
According to a recent Pew poll, 23 percent of Americans didn’t read even a single book last year.
That number has been rising steadily, from 8 percent in 1978, to 16 percent in 1990, to the current figure.
The Atlantic‘s Jordan Weissman says “the downturn might be over”—but the prognosis isn’t looking great....more
Jeff Alessandrelli reviews Kristina Marie Darling’s Brushes With today in Rumpus Poetry....more
It is possible to give one’s life to books, to dedicate years to collecting, reading, teaching, translating, writing, and studying them. In an essay for the New Yorker, Thomas E. Kennedy, a writer, editor, translator, and professor, reflects on his own experience of leading a life “decided by books,” the result of being given a book that reeled him in when he was still at “a susceptible age.”
Kennedy writes: “You wonder whether you actually love books or are merely addicted to them, obsessed by them.”
By the end of Kenendy’s essay, it remains unclear whether an obsession with collecting books is a good or a bad thing....more
Dan Shewan reviews Rusty Morrison’s Beyond the Chainlink today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Damon Marbut reviews Remica Bingham’s What We Ask of Flesh today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Ellen Miller-Mack reviews Kathleen Jesme’s Meridian today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Virginia Konchan reviews Lina Vitkauskas’s Neon Tryst today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Andrew Field reviews Ron Padgett’s Collected Poems today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Barbara Berman reviews Donna Johnson’s Selvage today in Rumpus Poetry....more
It’s impossible to predict what will make a book sell well, but scientists at Stony Brook University think they might be on the right track.
After conducting statistical analyses of novels from several genres, they were able to predict with 84% accuracy whether a book was “highly successful” based on certain elements of style such as “discourse connectives” and “verbs that describe thought-processing.”
Of course, there’s a pretty large degree of subjectivity inherent in any study of this nature, but it’s still interesting stuff to think about....more
All hailed the e-book for its innovations in technology. Embedded links, comments, and multi-media elements were what is supposed to kill the physical book. This recent essay at Salon contends that now that e-books are essentially being stripped down to resemble physical books, the real book is now considered a luxury item....more
Whew, it’s done! And we have leftover merchandise!...more
Over at WNPR this week Maureen Corrigan offers up a “Literary Escape Plan” from holiday stress.
The Borsch Belt-style Pilgrim jokes and mishmash recipes (turkey brined in Manischewitz, anyone?) are flying around the Internet; but since Jews are frequently referred to as “the People of the Book” and Pilgrims pretty much lived by the Book, Thanksgivukkah seems to me like the quintessential (stressful) family holiday to celebrate by escaping into a book.
Brace yourself, San Francisco. Former Rumpus managing editor and current Rumpus co-owner Isaac Fitzgerald is moving to New York City to become BuzzFeed’s first books editor.
What will this new books section look like?
He foresees a section built on “shareable content” and personal essays from authors — “things that people want to share but also can connect with,” he said.
In 1934, Malcolm Cowley, editor of The New Republic, got in touch with many renowned American writers asking them to list 3 or 4 of the best hidden gems of literature adding a few sentences to present the titles to the public....more
Wesley Rothman reviews Jennifer Fortin’s We Lack In Equipment & Control today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Ryan Teitman reviews Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec today in Rumpus Poetry....more
A. V. Christie reviews Leonard Gontarek’s He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Rebecca Hazelton reviews X Marks the Dress: A Registry by Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Roberto Carlos Garcia reviews Rebecca Gayle Howell’s Render: An Apocalypse today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Lisa Cheby reviews Sharon Venezio’s The Silence of Doorways today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Diego Báez reviews Light and Heavy Things: Selected Poems of Zeeshan Sahil today in Rumpus Poetry....more
“We are offered a glimpse of the old, weird America”...more
Ryan Werner reviews Dena Rash Guzman’s Life Cycle today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Anne Champion reviews Kristina Marie Darling’s Palimpsest today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Barbara Berman reviews Dana Greene’s Denise Levertov: A Poet’s LIfe today in Rumpus Poetry....more