Steve Almond Confronts The Man, Wins

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“If asking contributors to write for free then collecting 50K is good karma, what’s bad karma, Mark?”

I know we’ve been linking to a lot of Rumpus contributor Steve Almond lately, but the guy’s on a truth-to-power roll. Also, he’s awesome.

This time, it’s in the form of an email exchange between him and the agent Mark Reiter, who asked him to contribute for free to a compilation the agent’s getting $50,ooo for putting together.

(via Cheryl Strayed)


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 →