On the Uses of a Liberal Education As Lite Entertainment For Bored College Students by Mark Edmundson at the University of Virginia. From Harper's September 1997.
Great article that I found when I was reading the reviews of his new book "Why Read"on amazon. Put it on the list of books to read.
"Edmundson dramatizes what the recent identity crisis of the humanities has effectively obscured: that reading can change your life for the better."