My friend Olga shared with me this fascinating article: Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction – Mic.
And it’ not just any fiction that makes you a better friend:
We believe that one critical difference between lit and pop fiction is the extent to which the characters are complex, ambiguous, difficult to get to know, etc. (in other words, human) versus stereotyped, simple . . .
Exactly! That is why I almost always have a Dickens or Trollope novel on my nightstand (and on my Audible app). And now, if someone interrupts me when I’m in the middle of a chapter, I can oh so politely reply, “Go away – I’m developing my empathy.”
But I must admit I’m a little puzzled by the word “still” in the title – is it all that odd to read fiction?