The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Tao Lin on Knausgaard, Modern Farmer on Twitter


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, debut novelists share their stories, Tao Lin goes to see Karl Ove Knausgaard talk with Zadie Smith, and lots of dogs.

Sheila Heti talks with Kate Zambreno about Twitter, The Believer Logger

Sheila Heti is interviewing her ten favorite people on Twitter. For the second installment, she talked to Kate Zambreno, who is actually no longer on Twitter but has a lot to say about it.

Modern Farmer’s Twitter

So Modern Farmer’s Twitter was pretty much all tweets about dogs or tweets by Darth with great pictures of dogs this week. What more could you really ask for?

“Actually, He’s Doing Pretty O.K.: Karl Ove Knausgaard Arrives in New York,” Tao Lin, New York Observer

It felt like just about every citizen of New York City was legally obligated to at least stand in line to see the My Struggle author last week, but only the Observer was smart enough to send Tao Lin as a reporter to his event with Zadie Smith. Because if you’re going to send anybody to write about the phenomenon that is Karl Ove Knausgaard, why not send the guy who wrote Shoplifting From American Apparel?

“How To Get Published” by Lincoln Michel, BuzzFeed

Four debut novelists spill all their secrets, from the elevator pitch to the amount of time it took them to write their first books.

“Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things: Disability in Game of Thrones” by Dan Harvey and Drew Nelles, Hazlitt

Hopefully you’re all caught up before this Sunday’s finale, because this argument that Game of Thrones features the most “celebratory depictions of characters with disabilities” is fascinating.