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“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 Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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