Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


I’m hoping to God that it’s just temporary, but for whatever reason, the book blogs are suddenly all worried about ethics, whether it’s what to do about reading writers with objectionable opinions or whether writers should base characters on people they know. Some of their thoughts below:

Over at TOR, a discussion on what to do with great books by evil writers.

Conversational Reading doesn’t like A.S. Byatt’s thoughts on “put(ting) people into stories.”

Speaking of ethical problems, here’s another reason to dislike Amazon. This time, it’s the way they do their best-seller lists (via Powell’s).

Aditya Sudarshan at The Hindu asks, “Why is it that we are willing to grant young writers ‘potential’ but not ‘insight’?” Good question. (via The Book Bench)

And in one of those rare victories for the side of good, that “whitewashed” cover of Liar by Justine Larbalestier has been discontinued. The book will now have a cover featuring an African-American girl.

In other news, Nick Cave will sing his new book (and my crush on him will soon become unsafe for both of us), a look inside the homes of science fiction writers (via Bookninja), Courtney Queeney on being a woman poet, and George Saunders first short story goes online (via The Elegant Variation).

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 →