According to this Pacific-Standard piece by Tom Jacobs, new research suggests that reading fiction—literary fiction in particular—may lead to more sophisticated thinking and creativity. We’ll discuss this idea in today’s #litchat MediaMonday.

“…while reading, the reader can simulate the thinking styles even of people he or she might personally dislike. One can think along and even feel along with Humbert Humbert in Lolita, no matter how offensive one finds this character. This double release—of thinking through events without concerns for urgency and permanence, and thinking in ways that are different than one’s own—may produce effects of opening the mind.”–Tom Jacobs

Also this week in #litchat:

WritingWednesday for June 19, 2013

Necessary Conflict in Fiction

Guest Host for June 21, 2013

Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian