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The Connection between Reading and Laughter
So: what is a classic? There are many duelling definitions. TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, Italo Calvino and Sainte-Beuve have all written at length on the classic. Calvino's definition – "a classic is a book that has never finished what it wants to say" – is probably the sweetest, followed by Pound's identification of "a certain eternal and irresponsible freshness".
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........