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"Merely Literary" would be a great journal name.

Ray Davis

I'm in full agreement, but note (duly mystified) that so far as I can see we've been a minority for, well, pretty much ever. From the Greeks and Chinese on, most defenses of art seem to be variations of "It helps the medicine go down," with how and why we'd find it so helpful being taken for granted. I can only imagine that the aesthetic medicine-in-itself is so basic to human operation as to be almost invisible in the light of less primary drives.

Karen M

An interesting discussion here: I didn't want to leave a too-long comment; so, I posted a jumping-off point on my blog... about "essential" vs. "merely" literary, including an excerpt from V. Woolf's "The Common Reader."

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