The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Robot journalists! What could possibly go wrong? (via Book Bench)

“Houses are not homes – they are holes and caves.” Apparently, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is a short story writer. And he’s not very good.

Happy birthday to the Millions!

“It is the sources that shackle a non-fiction writer: if something didn’t happen, you can’t say that it did.” Juliet Gardiner discussed the difference between writing non-fiction and fiction at the Guardian.

Apparently, the “digital tipping point” is coming, which means, according to this guy, that any publisher will get eaten alive by startups if they haven’t embraced e-book and other digital technologies by then.

A letter to first-time authors at Pank: “You’ll have to appear.  In public.  And talk.  To people.”


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 →