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 week, Sheila Heti on grad school, tombstones, looking at the work of Jennifer Weiner, and more.
After what seems like a thousand and one pieces about why you should or should not go to graduate school (many of them with penned by folks with MFAs), this excerpt from the anthology Should I Go to Grad School features Sheila Heti explaining her reasons for not continuing college, and instead just experiencing things and meeting people as her education.
It’s incredibly tough to go wrong with a piece that includes the sentence, “Vincent Carbone didn’t set out to be in a third-generation death salesman.”
Jennifer Weiner has written before that her work hasn’t benefited from the close reading that some authors enjoy. Laura Miller took up the challenge.
This one is a bit of a no-brainer.
The title obviously grabs you. This piece could be a set of GIFs or another Vice takedown, but instead, Jared Keller attempts to change our perception of what the “bro” is. Does he succeed? Read the piece (and our own Tom Hawking’s response to it).