The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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I was out last week on vacation, but I’m back. And there’s a lot to catch up on. Here goes …

In Turkey, you can go to jail for using the letters Q, W and X. (via)

Even Bill and Ted might have gone to this library.

The anthology Love is a Four Letter Word (which includes an essay by Maud Newton) gets a good review from The National Review Online. Maud and others react. Heh.

Don’t mess with mystery writers, Harlequin. They’re all good with details and stuff.

In Lolita, “Nabokov may not have set out to console survivors of abuse, but his ability to capture the tone and pitch of a certain situation meant that he wound up doing it anyway, at least in my case, and profoundly so.”

The end of Borders UK. A bad sign? Or “a fine new chapter?” (via)

Andrei Codrescu may have been interviewed at the Del Sol Review: “I like old cities because they’re comforting. Because everywhere you sit, someone else sat before, and then died. Like in a restaurant. So the air is thick with ghosts, with presence.” (via)


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’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 →