The Importance of Fiction

We’ve all met them, those furrow browed grumps who claim fiction is a waste of time. They insist, with all the finality in the world, that there is no knowledge to be found in a novel that can’t be found elsewhere. And of course you nod, better that than try to argue with the bore. However, sometimes we must defend not only that which is dear, but that which is important. Reading, while being a splendid abandonment of reality, also serves to alter humanity in a fundamental way. It is fiction, unlike any other artistic medium, that allows the reader…

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