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A good novel can do all sorts of things—it can entertain us, move us, confound us, and even outrage us. Fiction certainly unleashes the imagination. But how is it supposed to shape us?

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I say, “Aristotle had a mole on his back.” I manage to refer to Aristotle, whom I never met, to put it mildly -- he lived very long ago and very far away. And I manage to get everyone else to think about Aristotle. Damn amazing.

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