Reading Your Way Through Life: Still More Readers Respond

The power of literature (and other art forms) to transform and crystallise our understanding of ourselves, giving us the ability to contextualise our experiences is routinely underestimated. In this article we are reminded just how foolish this is. Reality TV, I damn thee. Enjoy!

The Dish

by Matthew Sitman

Reading all the reader responses to my question about the books, poems, and stories that have meant the most to you has been such a rewarding experience. My reading list certainly has grown even more unmanageable. What I’ve appreciated the most, in addition to the gratitude for books on display, are the anecdotes that have accompanied many of your suggestions. Not only can a story or poem be a consolation, but they remain connected to what we were going through when we read them – and perhaps even shaped how we perceived and understood what was happening. Thank you all for sharing. Here’s more of your responses, with this reader reminding us of a recent classic:

I nominate David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon commencement address. Though a commencement speech, I encountered it as essay. I’ve been rather amazed at how it has stuck with me. “This is water…

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