Torea Frey

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How Literature Saved My Life, David Shields

Much food for thought in this screed, which argues that art is a "lunge at redemption." We're always grasping, never reaching, Shields seems to say; and yet ...:

I wanted literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn't lie about this---which is what makes it essential.