Sure, they're enjoyable, but can that be justified? We're in a time of world economic crisis! The country will be in debt until the apocalypse, and that itself is only a few years away! And what do you want to do in the face of all this terror? Read fiction? You callous, selfish little bastard.
From an essay in the Guardian called Why Books Won't Change Your Life by Alastair Harper.
h/t Lorin who linked it on Facebook.