The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


Greetings, world. Blogging will be light today. Your humble Sunday editor is in Monterey celebrating the life of a friend who recently passed. But to keep you with stuff to look at until tomorrow, here’s a brief roundup of some of  links from the book blogs from this past week. 

Dan Brown may be invading the cover of your book, whether he has anything to do with what you’re reading or not. 

Speaking of book covers, another reminder that authors have no control over these things.

Aleksandar Hemon listened to “Murder Ballads” while writing The Lazarus Project.  This just moved to the top of my reading list. 

At Powell’s, fun facts about punk. 

The Daily Beast has an interview with Jeffrey Eugenides. “(W)hile Eugenides maintained himself by working as an executive secretary at the Academy of American Poets in New York, he wrote for two hours a night, four hours on the weekend and at every chance he could get during the workday. He was eventually fired for writing on the job.”

Teen classics over at Maud.

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 →