Ah, literature!

by Esther Schindler

Steven King's article about the problems authors like Jonathan Franzen bring "guys like me" is worth the read just for this line alone:

In his article on teaching literature to teenagers, Justin Reeve points out that "smoking and drinking are tough habits to pick up, but once they are formed, they are even tougher to break. The same is true of great literature, which is, let's face it, Jim Beam for the brain."

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