Is Literature Useful?

September 7, 2014

“Literature is the record we have of the conversation between those of us now alive on earth and everyone who’s come before and will come after, the cumulative repository of humanity’s knowledge, wonder, curiosity, passion, rage, grief and delight. It’s as useless as a spun-sugar snowflake and as practical as a Swiss Army knife.” Dana Stevens and Adam Kirsch discuss whether literature should be considered useful.

is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York and every so often writes things at kaulielewis.wordpress.com.

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