If you are anything like me, over the course of your life, you have probably been taught both implicitly and explicitly that books serve two basic purposes – they inform and they entertain. Typically, these two purposes – information and entertainment – are represented as very distinct. One teaches, the other gives pleasure. One appeals to intellect, the other to emotion. As professor Jamie Smith has tirelessly argued, this stark separation of mind and body can obscure an important truth about who we are as humans. We’re not, as professor Smith likes to insist, “brains on sticks.” We are fully embodied creatures whose heads and hearts are designed to work together. …Read More.