There Are No Lessons Here: A Response To Deirdre Coyle’s ‘Men Recommend David Foster Wallace To Me’ | Rob Price

If you ask people what books they have read, they will often list some familiar titles: ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, ‘Lord of the Flies’. A good enough list, but they were often read at school. Some people will cheerfully admit that they haven’t read anything since. Some people won’t, but haven’t. I don’t judge people for that, I haven’t done a bunch of algebra since school. What concerns me here is that this creates a bogus impression of reading: the impression that didacticism is the purpose of fiction writing, that every book is in some way intended to teach us…

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