I guess the only way this works for me is that when I finish a book I have to find another, and it has to be just the right book. It can't be any old book. It can't just be the next one in the pile. It has to feel right, and I suppose that has something to do with my carry-over mood from the previous book. Articles, though--that might be another story. (DR)

Yeah, well maybe . . . but for me it's more like . . . well. I know once I read this book The Collected Speeches of Spiro Agnew which I'd bought for a dime at a book sale. I don't know why I did it. I'm just sick, I guess. But anyway, after I read it--and I had to read it all--I immediately had to find some Abbie Hoffman to wash the taste out of my mouth. Or out of my nose, or ass, or whatever. Articles? I don't write articles. I'm not an academic. (BK)

Don't believe him, folks. He's just as much an academic as you or I. It's sad, really, that such an intelligent, well-read person could be so heavily into denial. And it doesn't seem to make much difference that he's been involved in several twelve-step programs for going on five years, either. He insists on denying that he's an academic. A peculiarly virulent form of academic addiction, akin to insisting over and over, "But I'm not drunk!" (DR)

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