The Rumpus Book Blog Roundup


Good news! Your humble Rumpus Sunday editor, who was locked inside the Public Storage in North Berkeley for the better part of last night while helping his nine-months-pregnant friend move, has been rescued by the cops! And today, I’m excited about life and the book blogs because I’m free, so free, and because this week, the book blogs are a little bit brilliant.

Sure, lots has happened in the literary world, and the book blogs have dutifully covered the headlines. But they are also bringing us wisdom — so much so I think that Maud Newton should start handing out MFA’s. Below the fold, headlines, insights from John Updike, Borges and others, plus a hip hop artist who is Poet Laureate of Edmonton and Time‘s made-to-order magazine.

Jacket Copy covers all things Book Expo America, from “the literary version of speed dating” to this thing called a Tweetup.

Tin House has allowed Susan Bell’s essay on the editing of The Great Gatsby — which will be featured in Tin House‘s new book on craft —to be reprinted over at Elegant Variation.

Alice Munro wins the Man Booker Prize.

Ruth Padel resigns as Oxford Professor of Poetry after a series of events that might best be described as a clusterfuck (via Bookslut).

Maud Newton wraps up what many of literature’s greats have said about how and why we write.

Over at Jacket Copy, John Updike tells us posthumously why we write: “All children are alive to the spell of pencil and crayons, of making something, as it were, from nothing; a few children never move out from under this spell, and try to become artists.”

Over at The Guardian, British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy talks about love poetry and children’s poetry, “Poetry can offer consolation, it can be angry and potent, but all these poems, these moments in language, come from love” (via Bookninja).

In other news, a hip hop artist has been named poet laureate of Edmonton (via Bookslut) and some folks seem to really like Time‘s new made-to-order magazine.

Seth Fischer's writing has appeared 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 will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →