Why Read Literature?

Writing in the Intercollegiate Review, Gary Olmstead answers the question, “Why Read Literature?” There were times during college when writer’s block threatened me with failing grades or missed deadlines. Scrambling for inspiration, I’d pick up a book—perhaps something I was reading for Western Lit, or a book I’d perused during Read more…

Does reading classic literature help you understand the emotions of other people?

by Martin Cothran

One of the contentions of those who defend the humanities is that a familiarity with classic literature improves interpersonal skills, and that, since most jobs, even in tech industries, involve such skills, an educational emphasis on literature is hardly irrelevant to the vocational emphasis many policymakers now think education should have. (more…)