The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


Blog is a fun word to say, even if I’m tired of hearing other people say it.

Eggers on Salinger.

Michaelangelo’s poem “When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistene Chapel.” (via)

“Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobbering Time!” Jacket Copy has fun with illustrators’ pictures of their favorite literary figures and characters.

“If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music and of aviation.” — An interview with Tom Stoppard. (via)

The London Review of Books doesn’t seem to care that it’s 27 million quid in the red. (via)

And finally, as someone who spent his weekend at home writing while my friends were on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, here’s some wisdom from @maudnewton: “The truth about writing is that, when you’re doing it right, your life is duller than a Presbyterian potluck.”

Yes, blame it on the writing, Seth. It has nothing to do with money or your lack of marketable talents. (Also see her post about day jobs).

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 →