One of the special treats of working in publishing is that sometimes a colleague from another house will send you an advance copy of one their books. Opening that unexpected package is always a little like Christmas. And this morning the present is a true gift. Penguin sent me the incomparable Azar Nafisi’s new book The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books.
If the intro includes insights like this, I can hardly wait for the rest:
“Stories are not mere flights of fantasy or instruments of political power and control. They link us to our past, provide us with critical insight into the present and enable us to envision our lives not just as they are but as they should be or might become. Imaginative knowledge is not something you have today and discard tomorrow. It is a way of perceiving the world and relating to it. Primo Levi once said, ‘I write in order to rejoin the community of mankind.'”