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In light of new studies showing that literature makes us more empathic, Lee Siegel asks: should literature be useful?

The article was titled "40 trashing novels you must read before you die." I've always wanted to teach a course in "Commercial Fiction" ("trashy" being a genre in that course). Sigh, nobody in my department will bite on that one. Yeah, but we have a (division 3) football team........

Awesome Pulp Paperback Redesigns of Classic Novels from Flavorwire. The Pride and Prejudice one is my favorite!

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