Behold: The Power of Books!

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Reading is fundamental to our way of life. Without it, the transfer of knowledge through generations would end abruptly with genetic inheritance. Books allow authors to communicate to readers across vast distances of space and time, transcending separations of culture and creed, to unveil the experiences and values that are intrinsic to the human condition.

But of course there’s a lot more to it. A reader can’t simply gaze at a page and expect to uncover whatever secrets the author wants to express. In fact, without a critical eye on the page, even the most profound sentences can go unnoticed.

Find out more about the complex world of written language from Crash Course’s John Green in this video.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.