For this discussion we'll be reading "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka. I found two different translations of the story. The first one is a newer translation and can be found here. The second one was translated back in the 1950s if I'm not mistaken. You can find the PDF of it here. I'm sure all of you have heard of Kafka before. His most famous works are probably The Metamorphosis and The Trial. "A Hunger Artist" is a relatively short yet complex story, which is why I suggested it. Based on Wikipedia's description, the story "explores the familiar Kafka themes of death, art, isolation, asceticism, spiritual poverty, futility, personal failure, and the corruption of human relationships."