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Wood Working: You have to look at it this way: Things can always get much worse

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"Gee, Prof, why do we have to read all this literary stuff? What good'll that do me?"

That's a question a myriad of students asked me during my 30-year teaching career.

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And so I always trotted out the answer given by critics Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren. They said that literature was valuable because reading it helps us broaden and deepen our perceptions about life and the way we live it.

Or something like that.

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