Make time for fiction: Advice from Neil Gaiman

A great piece on the importance of reading and libraries by Neil Gaiman. Enjoy!

THL News Blog

I first heard about author Neil Gaiman when my freshman year hall-mate read the Sandman comic series her freshman writing seminar.  I thought The Graveyard Book was one of the best young adult novels I’ve ever read.  Since when is death such a leading character/topic of young adult literature!  (If you liked The Book Thief, read this for sure and vice versa.)  I was very impressed by the transcript of his talk for the Reading Agency in the UK last night.

I was most taken by his emphasis on making time for reading fiction.  Fiction is probably not one of the first topics health professionals make time for in their busy lives.  However, Gaiman makes a strong case for making time to read fiction.

…fiction build[s] empathy. When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build…

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