This Book Stinks


Apparently,  Marina Fiorato’s new novel The Madonna of the Almonds has a complementary perfume designed to smell like Renaissance Italy, the setting of her book. This strikes me as either ingenius or idiotic —probably both— and may just be another reminder about how desperate publishers are to sell their wares. Oh well. I’m ok with it as long as no perfume is ever designed to complement The Story of the Eye or, even worse, anything ever written by William S. Burroughs.

Coming soon, Eau d’All-your-favorite-Rumpus-columnists, including Jerry Stahl, Michelle Orange, and Rick Moody. I am only kidding, unless you are interested in purchasing some perfume.

Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →