I don’t think I’ve ever posted before just specifically to make a recommendation, but I’m doing it now: this essay, Joy, by Zadie Smith. I think she’s uniquely wonderful—as opposed to wonderfully unique, although she might be that, too. I like everything about it from her musings and her memories to her voice and her conclusions, as well as the personal nature of it. Well, just read it. And if you like it, look up her other stuff! She’s always brilliant, and she loves E.M. Forster.