Commonplace

“What art does is to enlarge our own humanity by allowing us to live vicariously the experiences of others—with whom we might not otherwise be in sympathy. We find ourselves living intimately with people we probably would not invite to dinner at our home, like Raskolnikov. A major function of all art is to keep us alive to each other. And that’s not political at all…. At its best, in the great works, it’s almost a religious function.”

—E.L. Doctorow, in David Sterritt’s “Novelists and Their Movies: Mailer, Doctorow, Irving,” from Guiltless Pleasures: A David Sterritt Film Reader

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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