Reading and empathy: “Why I Read” edition

“Literature is, among other things, an undermining of the coherent worldview.”

—Wendy Lesser, Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books.

I have a weakness for this genre but halfway through this is not my favorite in it, despite many quotable individual sentences. His Other Half: Men Looking at Women Through Art remains my favorite Lesser, although the audience for it is narrow and probably includes few readers of this blog. Do many people outside the essay-writing set care about gender politics in art?

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