New York Times’s Frank Bruni on the Value of Literature in Education

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni talks about the role his experience in literature classes has played in shaping him as a citizen.

As he puts it of one memorable lecture, “She demonstrated the rewards of close attention. And the way she did this — her eyes wild with fervor, her body aquiver with delight — was an encouragement of passion and a validation of the pleasure to be wrung from art. It informed all my reading from then on. It colored the way I listened to people and even watched TV.

It transformed me.”

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