Posts Tagged: census

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Jesse Ball


Jesse Ball discusses his new novel, Census, the inherent sinister nature of institutions, and creating imaginary authors. ...more

What to Read When 2018 Is Just Around the Corner


While we can't promise that 2018 won't find us facing more political upheaval, we can assure you that there will be great literature to offer moments of escape and inspiration. ...more



At Oxford American, Rumpus columnist Nick Rombes breaks into the official US census for 1860, chronicling his reaction to the text and the traces left behind by past readers.

“Curled delicately, its oil having spread out in a bloom across the pages, the hair is part of a human body in a book about numbered bodies, enslaved and free, the insane, the married and unmarried, the ones with terrible secrets, the somnambulists, the literate and the ones for whom printed words exist only as abstractions…”