MIRVIS RESPONDS TO SHALIT
I'm definitely starting her book today. But in the interim, here's Tova Mirvis's response to last week's Wendy Shalit piece.
Obviously, I agree with Mirvis over Shalit. Among other salient points, Mirvis states:
Literature in service of some other value is not literature, or at least not good literature. When we require our novels to promote, idealize and proselytize, we strip them of their capacity to explore, express, examine and, most importantly, imagine other lives besides those we actually live. The act of reading lets all of us be inside and outside at the same time.
From Judging a Book By Its Head Covering
(The Forward) February 4, 2005
Thanks to Miriam for the link. And if you wanted to read my response to this article, here's a handy-dandy, chronological catalog of my posts about the role of religion in writing and in my life: