Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Fiction as sacrament …

… George Saunders on Story | Joshua Hren | First Things. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
But for Saunders, however emotive his morality may be, fiction is fundamentally moral; a badly-made story lacks moral authority and a well-made one can lead us to love better. Saunders is not wrong to trace the pulse of many literary problems to our strivings after moral salvation: Great works contain multitudes. The Russians teach us that lasting literature is not merely “something decorative,” Saunders writes, but “a vital moral-ethical tool.” 

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