Fiction is important. In this episode we talk about why, and particularly now. And while we spend more than half of the time on the practical aspects of fiction—what it is good for, why it is important in the day-to-day life of people trying to live, trying to earn a living, and trying to make sense of an increasingly complex and difficult world, we also get into things like the magic of fiction—its power to change minds and civilizations, the role orthodoxy of “the word” has in structuring social, cultural, intellectual, and religious conversation, and Peter also wonders where the real line is between fiction and non-fiction (hint…it can’t be about facts).