I was in the downtown core of Calgary, Alberta for a few hours this monday. There’s this one street — I think it’s 8 Ave — where no cars were allowed. Instead, the road was paved a brown brick, park benches dotted the sides, food trucks stood where parked cars used to stand, and people just…walked around. It worked out.
When we read novels or short fiction in any language, we read to understand the story. We read to learn something new, and hopefully to get some kind of emotional uplift through the words on the page and the skills of the storyteller.