Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.
What fiction offers us is an intimacy shorn of the messy contingencies of human existence - gender, race, class or age. Those moments of transcendence when we exclaim 'You know exactly what I mean!' depend for much of their force on the anonymous character of the intimacy between writer and reader.
People getting rich in a free society in general - with some scammy exceptions, which are rare - makes everyone else richer, too.
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