Go ahead and love something an embarrassing amount, Vol. V: Lightness and its meaning

The world is an objectively heavy place to live in right now, and this has paradoxically become almost routine. As Sarah Koenig put it in the fifth episode of Serial’s third season, “‘what are you going to do’ starts to feel like an answer, rather than an urgent question.” But even when you do pose it as a question…what are you going to do? If you are so weighed down by the heaviness of the world at every moment, how will you ever see the ways in which you can engage with it? Italo Calvino means, I think, for us to stop thinking of literature as an escape or a frivolous pursuit and to reframe it, instead, as an engine for creative and flexible thinking.

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