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Elf pointed this out to me: (article on the Transit of Venus across the face of the Sun on June the 7/8th) http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/May/19/ln/ln22a.html

Only happen once about every 250 years (well, as viewed from Earth that is)

And extracts from a mialing by the lovely Susan


Self-Test for Literature Abusers

How many of these apply to you?

1. I have read fiction when I was depressed, or to cheer myself up.
2. I have gone on reading binges of an entire book or more in a day.
3. I have read rapidly, often *gulpin* chapters.
4. I have sometimes read early in the morning or before work.
5. I have hidden books in different places to sneak a chapter without being seen.
6. Sometimes I avoid friends or family obligations in order to read novels.
7. Sometimes I re-write film or television dialog as the characters speak.
8. I am unable to enjoy myself with others unless there is a book nearby.
9. At a party, I will often slip off unnoticed to read.
10. Reading has made me seek haunts and companions which I would otherwise avoid.
11.I have neglected personal hygiene or household chores until I have finished a novel.
12. I have spent money meant for necessities on books instead.
13. I have attempted to check out more library books than permitted.
14. Most of my friends are heavy fiction readers
15. I have sometimes passed out from a night of heavy reading.
16. I have suffered *blackouts* or memory loss from a bout of reading.
17. I have wept, become angry or irrational because of something I read.
18. I have sometimes wished I did not read so much.
19. Sometimes I think my reading is out of control.

If you answered *yes* to three or more of these questions, you may be a literature abuser. Affirmative responses to five or more indicates a serious problem.

Once a relatively rare disorder, Literature Abuse or LA, has risen to new levels due to accessibility of higher education and increased college enrollment since the Second World War. The number of literature abusers is currently at record levels.

and for smallblakflower

Within the sordid world of literature abuse, the lowest circle belongs to those sufferers who have thrown thier lives and hopes away to study literature in our colleges. Parents should look for signs that thier children are taking the wrong path--don't expect your teenager to approach you and say "I can't stop reading Spenser". By the time you visit her dorm room and find the secret stash of the Paris Review, it may already be too late.

What to do if you suspect your child is becoming an English major:

1. Talk to your child in a loving way. Show your concern. Let her know you won't abandon her- but hta you aren't spending a hundred grand to put her through Stanford so she can clerk at Walden Books, either. but remember that she may not be able to make a decision without help; perhaps she has just finished reading Madame Bovary and is dying of arsenic poisoning.

2. Face the issue: Tell her what you know and how: "I found this book in your purse. How long has this been going on?" Ask the hard question--WHo is this Count Vronsky?

3. Show her another way. move the television set into her room. Introduce her to frat boys.

4. Do what you have to do. Tear up her library card. Make her stop signing her letters as 'Emma'. Force her to take a math class, or a minor in Spanish. Transfer her to a Florida college.

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meepettemu
May. 20th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
does "literature abusers anonymous" exist?

when you answer *yes* to most of the questions, there may perhap be a problem? ;o)
sine
May. 20th, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)
i can stop any time i want. really.
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