The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: James Baldwin’s Poetry, Remembering Maggie Estep


Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the Internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This edition includes a tribute to the late writer Maggie Estep, poetry by James Baldwin, and much more.

“So You’ve Decided to Write a Kurt Cobain Memorial Essay” by Zachary Lipez, Hazlitt

What else can anybody really say at this point about Kurt Cobain’s career, suicide, and legacy? With the 20th anniversary of his death coming up, we have already begun to find out. But for all those who still plan on writing something, Lipez has a few suggestions.

“‘I Don’t Feel Death Coming / I Feel Death Going’: 3 Poems By James Baldwin,” BuzzFeed

Celebrate National Poetry Month with three poems by one of American history’s greatest writers.

“An Elegy for the ‘Non-Creepy’ Realtor, aka Maggie Estep” by Sari Botton, The Billfold

Speaking of National Poetry Month, we’re still reeling from the sudden loss of Maggie Estep this past February. Sari Botton wrote a lovely piece about her.

“Getting to Know Milton Glaser, the Godfather of Modern Design” by Arianne Wack, Hyperallergic

How much do you really know about one of our most important living designers (and creator of this season’s Mad Men poster)? Hyperallergic hung out with Milton Glaser, and came away with everything you need to know about the living legend.

“Taco Bell Gave Me a Cellphone” by Adam Chandler, Slate

Seriously, the title says it all. Any adequate description of Adam Chandler’s latest Taco Bell piece, beyond that, seems impossible. Just read it.