Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, who was announced this morning as the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, was interviewed by Le Monde (link is in French) in a story which was headlined:
Il faut continuer de lire des romans
("You have to keep reading novels." He continued, "...as that's a good way of understanding the world of today.")
I think I'd have finished that sentence, especially given the economic news that he was asked about in the very next question according to the linked story:
...parce que les nouvelles sont trop déprimantes.
(...because the news is too depressing.)