The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


“I feel that for writers, an obsession with what is elegant or what is a cliché or not a cliché can become very inhibiting.” Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro stands up for cliches. (via Bookninja)

“Laughs were out, torture porn was in.” Colin Bateman wonders what happened to humor in crime fiction.

GIANT wants to know what you would miss most if civilization were dismantled.

Hobart has a roundtable discussion of authors talking about publishing their first book. (via LHB)

At PANK, why you aren’t ready to be a writer. Read this one. It’s very good.

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 →