The Rumpus Books Sunday Supplement

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This week, Rumpus books reviewed Terry Castle’s book of essays, interviewed Elaine Showalter, wrote about Nabokov, and talked about grief and Hamlet. Come see what you missed. 

A review of The Professor and Other Writings, a book of essays by Terry Castle.

Our very own Elissa Bassist has a fake interview with Elaine Showalter, and it is brilliant.

The last book Kathleen Alcott loved was Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle.

Terry Castle

In times of grief, says Michael Berger, we turn to art and literature “to become more madly ourselves.”

And most importantly, though this is not technically under the purview of Rumpus books, here’s a list of ways to help in Haiti, as well as updates by Brian Spears numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.


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 →