The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Good morning! I’m up against a pretty nasty deadline, so blogging might be a bit light today. In the meantime, here’s some links for you from the book blogs.

What is the state of reading among the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The worst dinner party ever: “The guests were ushered into a room that was decorated entirely in black…, lit only by flickering funeral lamps. Each guest’s place was marked with a gravestone engraved with his or her name, and instead of the customary soft couches, they reclined on rock-hard benches.”

The future is coming, and it looks like Google. “It is hard to overstate how big this change could be.”

Before this moment, I had never even considered the possibility of anything like bookrunners. I think I was born fifty years too late.

Rebecca Solnit at BOMB Magazine: “Like in New Orleans, the public was demonized. That’s the social disaster, which is not at all the same thing as a natural disaster.” (see also The Rumpus interview with Solnit)


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 →