The New York Times has yet another article on fiction and the brain, and it's been generating a lot of talk this week. (I blogged on this last year, and most of what the article mentions isn't new, but it's still worth reading.)
Of course the article has to open by dumping on novels, because that's what the cool kids do. As we once bragged about how many beers we could drink as teenagers, we now brag about how little time we have for reading made-up stuff.
the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futileIt then mentions the following, which will surprise few readers/writers:
Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.