I am reading The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. Those books pulse with the tremor of life. I don’t think literature can achieve anything greater than that.
I have become convinced that literature is one of the most effective ways of studying social issues. I don’t know if others feel this way, but I think that the novel form allows a writer to study human behaviour and social behaviour at a level of depth that case studies cannot quite reach. I certainly am not suggesting that case studies aren’t valuable, I just find myself consistently coming back to the insights of novels when I try and understand contemporary social problems.
–Jeremy Nathan Marks