The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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This week, the book blogs have went and gone political! Maybe it’s that it’s the off year in the election cycle and they miss the rabid infighting and corruption, or maybe it’s the news that the Kindle has already become the next thought police and will soon start force-feeding you Soma, but for some reason, politics are everywhere.

Hugo Chavez announces “the Revolutionary Reading plan.” (via Galleycat)

You might not be surprised that The Economist thinks that Arundhati Roy is wrong. You will be surprised that they think her work is necessary. (via Bookslut)

Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter has to move because he owns too many books. I like this guy. (via Mumpsimus)

The poor, bewildered, powerless, white American male. Sniffle. Does their plight make good fiction?

Some of you may have heard of the small northland country of Canada. Apparently, their government hates small literary journals.

The UK commissions war poetry.

In other news, <HTMLGIANT> looks at the writing of a real deranged person and decides that fictional deranged people are better, TOR is having a robot contest, and Green Apple books goes after the Kindle.


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 is a board member of BiNet USA, and 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 →