The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


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 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 →