The Millions: Reading War and Peace: The Effects of Great Art on an Ordinary Life

I am actually in the middle of reading this. Anyone else?

One way to think about what a work of art does is to imagine the counterfactual—how would my life have been different had I not spent the last three months reading War and Peace?  The answers, I think, tend to group into three categories: The social experiences I had because of the book; the ideas the book incorporated into my life; and the aesthetic moments that were opened to me because of what I was reading.

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