The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


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 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 →