The Rumpus Sunday Book Review Supplement

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Welcome to July 5th! Thanks to America, you are now missing limbs, hard of hearing, and hungover. Don’t worry. It’s still a fine day to read book reviews.

This week, The Rumpus reviews a biography of John Dillinger, C.D. Wright’s new book of lyric poems, a memoir by a critic for The Onion, a book of short stories, and a book of debut poems by Paul Otremba. Also, don’t miss a great essay on devils and two new entries in the “Last Book I Loved” series. Phew.

Loitering in the Wrong Places – A review of Rising, Falling, Hovering by C.D. Wright.9780253221100-198x300

The Dead Sea Scrolls of John Dillinger – A review of Dillinger: The Untold Story by Russell Girardin.

Don’t Look Back – A review of The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture by Nathan Rabin.

What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going by Damian Searles.

Denying Epiphany — A review of The Currency by Paul Otremba.

Also, don’t miss A Mashup of Devils and Shya Scanlon’s and Julie Greicius’ The Last Book I Loved.


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 →