I love reading “state of the nation = world”, cinder block like candidates for The Next Great American Novel that Meg Wolitzer witheringly writes about in ”The Wife” by Jonathan Franzen or Jonathan Safran Foer.
Here’s another one, by the New York public defense attorney Sergio de la Pava ”A Naked Singularity”. Nothing to do with astrophysics, it’s dissecting the US judicial system. Jesus wept. Kafka also wept.