The Business Case for Reading Novels
Matt Nunogawa stashed this in General Wisdom
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
I wonder if the same argument can be made for passive entertainment like well written TV shows and movies.
Similarly, what benefits can be squeezed from mixed media, such as comics and graphic novels?
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. ~John Locke #quote
John Locke the philosopher or John Locke from Lost?
It's not just reading fiction that helps you understand people better. For Silicon Valley in particular, I find that the classics are very helpful because people here are so world-historically power-hungry! If you've never read Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, I can recommend them highly :)
Oh, I think that perhaps a lot of people in this business are getting some of the same benefits from the TV show _Game of Thrones_.
I love fiction. I used to make it for a living. That said, be careful; stories can be far more powerful than you think -- and that is not always good.
Why did you stop making fiction?