The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


After reviewing the book blogs this week, I’ve decided that if I see the words “Dan Brown” ever again I’m going to punch myself in the eyes with a Da Vinci Code decoder ring.

To save you some time, here’s what they have to say about him: He makes a lot of money. And he’s not the greatest writer.

So today, just to be different, I’m not going to talk about him. I’m not gonna link to a single thing that mentions him. This is a Dan Brown free zone.

Who says creative writing can’t be taught? Hidden inside this article, the tidbit that Dan Brown took a creative writing class with David Foster Wallace. Damn it! OK, no more.

Alan Turing finally gets an apology from Gordon Brown. (via The Elegant Variation)

The new 25th Anniversary Edition of White Noise has some really cool artwork by Michael Cho.

“Humans in every recorded era seem to have had that after-the-end feeling.” Elizabeth Bachner writes about “reading the 60’s” on Bookslut.

A guest writer can be seen by the kids he’s speaking to, but he’s not allowed to see the kids.

An instant book machine from Google.

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 is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and 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 →