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 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 →