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It goes without saying that writing influences us – it affects or shapes our ideas and thoughts.  The more convincing the writer, the more persuaded we become of accepting his or her point of view. Novels can be vampiric and the art of storytelling is necessarily an exertion of power – as this writer tells us. I guess it is better to choose our reading well.

https://aeon.co/essays/how-books-can-sap-the-soul-and-poison-readers-with-ideas

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