The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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This week, the book blogs are scaring the ever-loving Jesus out of me.

Sure, there have been a few fun, interesting updates and interviews, but most of what they’ve been saying makes me want to build a series of tunnels in and around my house so that I can start planning the first push of the resistance. Either that or I’ll just hang out at home with the willies and watch Casablanca over and over until I actually believe I’m Humphrey Bogart. Today, my longer posts will be about more hopeful things. But enter the roundup at your own risk.

Amazon rescinds customers Kindle versions of 1984, Brave New World. I am not making this up. (via BookNinja)

Over at Galleycat, “the first ever gay book to be translated into Arabic” has every instance of the word “gay” turned into the word “pervert,” including in the title.

Ridley Scott says science fiction is dead. Where will our dystopic novels warning us away from the enslavement of the human race come from? (via Book Bench)

Over at Jacket Copy, books bound out of human skin.

Childrens book authors in Britain will have to register with the government and pay a 64 pound fee before they can visit schools. (via Bookslut)

In other, less terrifying news, HTMLGIANT asks if spoilers matter, Nathan Hamilton at The Guardian doesn’t like the BBC’s approach to poetry, and Maud Newton on doubt.


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’s 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 →