Over at The Millions, they will try to convince you to read The Novel: A Biography, which is 1,200 pages long and weighs 6 pounds. That sounds like a big commitment, but it is also claimed that it’s “a book of such varied usefulness, such compact wisdom, that it’ll take a lot more than a few reviews to fully understand its brilliant contribution to literary study.” Which sounds pretty convincing.

The Rumpus has a slightly soul-crushing but very interesting look at what it’s like to be a film extra.

Are all great personal essays about breaking up and/or heroin? (Yes, but that’s not really what this piece is about.)

Enter “The Emoji Emotional Support Zone.”

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