- Franzen and the Twitter Bog by Lydia Kiesling
A response to Franzen’s latest tirade against modern life and the Internet.
- A Tranquil Star by Primo Levi
A short story that will expand your idea of what a narrative can be.
- Why Teach English? by Adam Gopnick
A defence of why English departments and English majors should exist.
A pretty complete list of books and pieces of writing on that very specific genre, none of which turn the reader into tourists of suffering or exploit the suffering of others for the sake of entertainment or intellectualism.