The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


The books blogs always like to talk about the future, but this week was like some sort of official book blog crystal ball week, what with this new decade they tell me we’re in now and everything.

We’ve already linked to Richard Nash’s take on the next ten years, but the NBCC’s Critical Mass has lots of different perspectives.

My favorite post comes from Anis Shivani, who, rather than blaming technology, says: “It is the gatekeepers of the book who, in this last decade, have been on an unremitting mission to bring about the book’s destruction: librarians who purge books to make room for technological substitutes, newspaper publishers who’re the first to voice the irrelevance of the book review, publishers who do everything possible to fulfill their own prophecies of the end of the serious book.”

Or possibly, this is what the future will look like.

And a British take on the whole mess. (Also here)

Speaking of technology (and the British), Bookninja has an awesome interview with Granta Editor John Freeman on “straddl(ing) web and print.”

Instead of worrying about the Internet, we should worry about books’ real enemies. (via Guardian)

And in other news, no one has ever explained Ayn Rand to me better and more succinctly than this.

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 →