The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


“I will find a way to harm you or cause you suffering* if you fuck with the mechanics of this piece” — DFW writes to Harper’s and signs with a skull and crossbones. 

Maud Newton eats rattlesnake, and it’s kind of gross!

“The imperative to develop new technologies and implement them on a heroic scale no longer seems like the childish preoccupation of a few nerds with slide rules. It’s the only way for the human race to escape from its current predicaments.” — At Matt Bell’s blog, some wise words from Neal Stephenson.

Here’s where some of the inspiration for Stoker’s Dracula came from. 

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 →