United Offers Elite Lit Mag of the Skies


What do authors Anthony Doerr, Karen Russell, Elissa Schappell, and Rick Moody have in common?

While The Rumpus is tickled to have featured these illustrious authors within our pages, we can’t say we’ve offered them the opportunity to be read amongst the clouds. Exclusively for its first class and business class patrons, United Airlines now offers Rhapsody, a literary magazine which the New York Times describes as offering an “opulent touch” to the flight experience, much like United’s mood lighting or “branded scent.” (For those stuck in coach, you can always stay here, where The Rumpus wafts our signature sweet smell of opulence towards our readers, all for free.)

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