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The rest is just pious platitudes, and political football. Where books are concerned - the novel in particular - in order to discover what the good is all about we must first have extensive experience of the bad. One of the most potent objections to the average university course in English is that students who have read little or nothing are confronted with 'the best', in selection, and have no idea - apart from the say-so of their teachers - why it is the best. There may be plenty of airport trash available, but in my experience its consumers are mainly middle-aged or elderly: the young have other things to do than to read books, even bad ones.

L. Mencken, an author whose name he had come across in that morning's paper. ) After a very nervous-making exchange, the young black man, whose name happens to be Richard Wright, is given two Mencken titles: one of these is A Book of Prefaces. Wright, in Black Boy, his autobiography, provides an account of the effect of his reading H. L. Mencken for the first time: That night in my rented room, while letting the hot water run over my can of pork and beans in the sink, I opened A Book of Prefaces and began to read.

Let me return and give all but the last word to Marcel Proust, who wrote: Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning, but through other agencies. Then it is that the intellect, observing their superiority, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator and lackey.

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