And then I thought of a movie we saw a few years ago: "Music and Lyrics." It's not my favorite movie, but I really, really liked one part. Check it out from minute 2:10 to 2:52.
A: Oh, no, of course not. Pop is just for morons. Forgot that.
S: I didn't mean anything by it.
A: Brain-dead, or taken too many drugs. You know what I'd say to you and Sloan Cates? You can take all the novels in the world and not one of them will make you feel as good as fast as:
I've got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May.
That is real poetry. Those are real poets. Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, the Beatles.
So then I thought just because I don't agree with a literary body doesn't mean that what I like isn't as effective and powerful in its own way. I can list lots of books that are not "literary" that I learned so much from even if I got nothing out of Hemingway or Woolf.
And who decided who were the "great authors" anyway? Well, that's another discussion; one I have many strong feelings about. :)