Bibliophile I Want You to Read The Idiot Elif Batuman’s long, boring book reminds you what it looks like to write for pleasure. Read more. Ode to Earth “I wonder if the tenderness of the sunset air is your attempt to comfort us in this time of grave urgency.” Read more. Artful Anorexia Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist” elevates male anorexia to an art form. Read more.