The Awakenings Review
This essay is an exploration of the various therapeutic functions that literature serves for readers.
The Good Men Project
Kurt Vonnegut once said he wanted his novels to “catch people before they become generals and Senators and Presidents,” to “poison their minds with humanity. Encourage them to make a better world.” It was also published in Writer's Digest.
Hektoen International Journal
Similar to the process of psychotherapy, literature can help resolve conflicts, navigate traumatic experiences, integrate disowned aspects of ourselves, and perhaps even achieve inner wholeness or self-actualization. Fiction is indeed medicine for the soul.
Fiction writers invent. Journalists report. Editors of reality TV shows do both, mostly the former, selecting without thinking, just following orders.
She was his comfort slave, and existed for his pleasure.