Does Literary Fiction Improve Mental Cognition?
Alex Balk

I’ve gotten a lot of entertainment out of literary fiction, but as a young person who had grown up in narrow cultural and financial circumstances, it did me harm by imparting misinformation and outright lies about ‘real life’ as they call it. Most people are not having sex with strange people all the time, taking heavy drugs, fighting with the cops or the Trojans, going on the road, killing white whales, murdering old women with axes, and so on. Or if they are I didn’t get the invitation to the party. It takes hard work to get to play those games. And these days, being a writer in Brooklyn not only takes a lot of hard work, but you need a huge load of money from somewhere to even set foot.

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