Tag: empathy

The Value of Literature

For months, I have had an online article titled, “Can Reading Literature Make Us Moral?” open in my browser. Its author is Gary Saul Morson, a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Northwestern University. I imagine I came across the post via Twitter, as I had never before heard of either Morson or Big Questions Online, the site where the…

The Road to Hell

Reading a book filled with unlikable characters can be tough, and I’m talking about those in which I, as a reader, like none of them, not a single one. I used to be a fan of Margaret Atwood until it one day dawned on me that I couldn’t stand any of the people she created. In fact, I found her…