Okay, so when I say it is all too easy to spend my rent money on books, here is one reason why: The Rumpus Book Club
From their Web site:
"How The Rumpus Book Club Works: You pay $25 a month ($38 for international) and every month you get a book in the mail that hasn’t been released yet. We’ll discuss the book all month while we read it. You’re invited to a moderated online discussion with the author at the end of the month which we’ll edit and run on The Rumpus as a feature article (like this one)....
It’s neat because we’re going to have a discussion about new books, rather than waiting to be told what books are approved for cultural consumption. It used to be that only people in the media got advance copies of books but that wall has come down quite a bit. Now everybody’s a reviewer."
Personally, I like that they use the word "neat" to describe it. I mean, c'mon, how dorky cute is that?!
Currently in queue for Rumpusians (Rumpustaceans?):
August: Richard Yates, Tao Lin
September: All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang
October: The Instructions, by Adam Levin, (published by McSweeney’s) - Keep your eyes peeled for this one. It's long (1,000+ pages), but it's being touted as the best book McSweeney's has ever published. It will retail for $29, or you can sign up with Rumpus and get it for $25. You can also sign up for McSweeney's Book Club and receive it and seven other books for $100 (including s/h).