And what kind of novel or book would you use as an example of this? As art for art sake and not having any relevance in our daily life. Because from what I have been reading it deals precisely with modern life, especially postmodern writers like DeLillo and Wallace. I think that its the classics that are moving further and further away in relevance to younger readers unless they are fantasy adventure filled works. Also there are many people who read for enjoyments sake alone as an escape, not because they are looking for validation anything more meaningful. Funny enough the book you suggested, The Literary Mind, has just been delivered in the mail.