Thursday, April 19, 2012

Reading fiction

I don't particularly care that there was no Pulitzer for fiction this year [or any year]. But in bemoaning that fact Ann Patchett writes something with which I very much agree:
.... Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps. ....
Thanks to Althouse for the reference.

And the Winner of the Pulitzer Isn’t - NYTimes.com
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