No, no, no, never, ever, no. Once you start living in the world of stories and not reality terrible things start happening, because reality does not work like stories. Stories work like stories.
You can argue that fiction is more beautiful or that you wish it were true or that it validates how you want to believe things are, but there are things that don't go away when you ignore them, and they do not care about your addiction to narrative.
Aw, come on, you didn't believe all those things really happened to David Sedaris?
Can't we just accept the convention that "humor" gets classified as "non-fiction"? No one is tricked into thinking the author is asserting that these things really happened.
The incomparable greatness of the Divine Comedy shows itself not least in the fact that, in spite of the exceptionally wide range and variety of its influence – it even shaped the language of a nation – it has been but seldom understood in the fulness of its meaning. Already in Dante's own lifetime those who ventured out upon the ocean of the spirit in the wake of his ship (Paradiso, II, Iff) were to remain a relatively small company. They more or less disappeared with the Renaissance; the individualistic mode of thought of this period, tossed to and fro between passion and calculating reason, was already far removed from Dante's inward-looking spirit. Even Michaelangelo, though he revered his fellow-Florentine to the highest degree, could no longer understand him. At the time of the Renaissance, however, people did at least still debate as to whether Dante had actually seen Heaven and hell or not.
While this may be true, I think that what constitutes a "narrative" may be a lot more flexible than what a lot of people think.
There is no real value in arguing about it. If you win, you get nothing.
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