I enjoy social media, but there is no intellectual equivalent to allowing oneself the time and space to get lost in another person’s mind.
George Eliot’s em-dash — plus, T.S. Eliot’s ellipses … (not to mention Vladimir Nabokov’s parentheses).
“There is another way to look at the studies’ conclusions, however. Instead of proclaiming the superiority of fiction to the practical skills allegedly conferred by reading non-fiction, the studies implied that practical effects are an indispensable standard by which to judge the virtues of fiction. Reading fiction is good, according to the studies, because it makes you a more effective social agent. Which is pretty much what being able to read a train schedule does for you, too.”
Fiction’s lack of practical applications is what gives it its special freedom.
I wonder if this study would change by reading literary poetry vs. popular poetry…
A new study found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.
David Bowie Is, the newest exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, is an essential destination for fans of music, fashion and pop culture.
Carolyn Cassady, important voice of the Beat Generation, has died at 90.
Ginsberg epigram from his 1977 class: “Poetry is the realization of the magnificence of the actual.”
Click for larger image ‘Argh, you’re all amateurs in a professional universe!’ roared Allen Ginsberg to a young class of aspiring poets in 1977 at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Their offense? Most of the students had failed to register for meditation instruction.