As a counterpoint to the previous post, Lee Siegal has written a very funny essay in the New York Times this Sunday (19 October), entitled "Unsafe at Any Read." He puts forth the proposal that reading is a very dangerous activity: "If great literature is so great, why is it that if you act on anything great literature tells you about life, you’re in big trouble? I mean, big trouble."
You can find it here. (Link has been fixed.)