• Crime Fiction

    Browning: “the poet, not the automatic”

    Does reading literary fiction really increase your social intelligence?  Here: I Know How You’re Feeling, I Read Chekhov Maybe.  But what about crime fiction?         A little Raymond Chandler increases the social intelligence you really need.  The best crime fiction illumines sin, salvation and manners as well as Chekhov. See this 1977 essay on Chandler by Clive James:  The Country Behind The Hill ‘In the long run’, Raymond Chandler writes in Raymond Chandler Speaking, ‘however little you talk or even think about it, the most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time.’ At a…