Read Yourself Civilized

August 6, 2012 | 2 books mentioned

In the latest issue of The Boston Review, Elaine Scarry reviews Steven Pinker’s 
The Better Angels of Our Nature. Pinker argues that literature, by bolstering man’s empathy, has lead to huge reductions in worldwide violence, a thesis that sounds dangerously close to the absurd pop-science of Jonathan Gottschall’s The Storytelling Animal.

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