Madame Bovary, the Iliad… and now Buzzfeed: ‘Great literature’ redefined

The social news site Buzzfeed, which is best known for lol-type humor, has been rapidly moving into the news space with some big name hires like Politico’s Ben Smith — but even fans might be surprised to hear The New Yorker call it “great literature” and compare it to the works of Homer and Tolstoy.

New Yorker book critic Sasha Weiss says she was struck, while reading The 21 Absolute Worst Things in the World, with the realization that the list was ”improbably poignant, and even, in its way, literary.”

Read the full story at Forbes.