The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Today, the earth has traveled around the sun ten times since a bunch of assholes made our world a worse place.

Electric Literature has a good roundup of what the book blogs have written up about 9/11.

Moving on: this will go down in the annals of excellent book marketing: if you become a fan if Murakami’s faceboom page, you get to read the first chapter of his novel.

Amazon and the state of California have declared peace on the sales tax issue, finally.

One study says reading makes us more aggressive. Another says it makes us more empathetic. In the words of Bookslut, “It’s nice that you’ll feel for the other person that you’re beating the shit out of.”


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 →