The benefits of good literature

What good literature can do and does do — far greater than any importation of morality — is touch the human soul. -Karen Swallow Prior

This quote is from an interesting article entitled “How Reading Makes Us More Human.”  The full article can be found here:  http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/06/how-reading-makes-us-more-human/277079/

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the place reading takes in our lives.  Do we read to escape?  To kill time?  To learn?  To experience another way of life?  In addition to our intent when we sit down to read, what are the unintended consequences (or more accurately, benefits) of reading?

I’d love to hear your take on the article in the comments!

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June 25, 2013 · 9:32 pm

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