๐Ÿ’ฌ Read Fiction

Replied to Read Fiction (Daily-Ink by David Truss)

Usually I only โ€˜let myselfโ€™ read fiction on holiday breaks. But Iโ€™ve been drawn a lot more to fiction in the last couple years. It started a couple Christmas breaks ago when I received some free ebooks from Audible and I listened to a science fiction novel and got hooked into an epic series. Then I listened to a couple books that I never would have selected for myself, just because they were freeโ€ฆ and I loved them. But reading fiction outside the holidays always came with a little self-imposed guilt.

David, your discussion of fiction reminded me of an interview between Stan Grant and Dan Haesler where at the end of the conversation they talk about the power of reading, thinking and questioning when it comes to leadership. This is about going beyond one’s own world view and challenging your perceptions. I think that fiction is a powerful way of doing this.

As Ursula K. Le Guin touches on in her introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness:

In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when weโ€™re done with it, we may find โ€“ if itโ€™s a good novel โ€“ that weโ€™re a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have changed a little, as if by having met a new face, crossed a street we never crossed before. But itโ€™s very hard to say just what we learned, how we were changed.

Two pieces of fiction that have left me wondering lately have been Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future. Both capture a world from many different perspectives vastly different from my own.

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