A 34-year-old Ann Arbor man was sent to the hospital with a head injury after another man punched him on Saturday during a literary argument, according to police... (Police) said the man was sitting on the porch with some people he had just met, talking about books and authors. The 34-year-old man was then approached by another party guest, who started speaking to him in a condescending manner. An argument ensued and the man was suddenly struck in the side of the head, suffering a cut to his left ear...
And from the comments:
#This is why I don't read books.
#Hester Prynne: noble feminist icon or selfish, no good whore?
#This is why I pack a hardback copy of "War and Peace" in my backpack when I discuss literature. And I'm not afraid to wield it when things get dicey. Just sayin'
#Let me just say that if somebody comes up to my porch and starts talkin' trash - telling me Hemmingway was better than Kesey or Vonnegut... We'll we're just gonna have to do sumthin' 'bout that.
# Seriously... I was there. It was an argument over (C.S) Lewis and (J.R.R.) Tolkien.
There may be a cultural gulf between the type of people who hunt and fish and the people who shop Whole Foods for only the most humanely produced organic products, but there isn't really an ethical one. At least, not nearly as much as one might think. And at least not regarding food.
The waning of psychotherapy has clear roots in the rise of psychopharmacology. Drug companies have been hard at work over the past three decades, marketing meds to troubleshoot our faulty brain chemistry. As managed care has compelled more and more psychiatrists to trade their notebooks for prescription pads, the classic image of the patient on the couch has been replaced by a man with a pill in his palm.
The ascent of creative-writing, particularly in an age dominated by the impatient pursuit of visual stimulation, might seem harder to explain. But my sense is that people remain desperate for the emotional communion provided by literature. [...]
From The Marriage Plot (Kindle Loc. 5510-5548): Overwhelmed by the side effects of lithium, Leonard Bankhead takes dosage adjustment into his own hands. It's easy to sympathize and also easy to see that this will not end well.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A psychologist warned Penn State University police in 1998 that football coach Jerry Sandusky's behavior was that of a pedophile after he had showered naked with an 11-year-old boy, NBC News reported on Saturday.
Dr. Alycia Chambers said she was told Sandusky, now at the center of a child sex abuse scandal, had bear-hugged the boy at Penn State locker room showers, kissed him on the head and told him, "I love you."
"This was behavior that was consistent with a predator, a male predator, a pedophile," said Chambers, who was the boy's counselor. She spoke for the first time with the family's permission.
Chambers wrote a report for university police involving the boy, known in court documents as Victim 6, but a second psychologist concluded there was no evidence of a sexual offense. The district attorney did not file charges.
NBC obtained the internal Penn State police file on the investigation. It included reports by Chambers, of State College, Pennsylvania, and the other psychologist, John Seasock.
LEON, MEXICO (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Friday that communism had failed in Cuba and offered the Church's help in creating a new economic model, drawing a reserved response from the Cuban government ahead of his visit to the island next week..
I'm still short on time. You can chew on this for now.
On a cloudy afternoon in September, Chicago health inspector Charity Okoro arrived at Taste of Peru and began pointing out problems.
"She comes into the restaurant really mad, really screaming," recounted co-owner Cesar Izquierdo, according to city documents. He said she accused the restaurant of a handful of violations including cross-contamination for leaving an open can of beer, used for cooking, next to an uncut avocado.
Okoro issued a ticket for about $500 worth of fines but, Izquierdo said, she changed her tone when she learned that he suffers from back problems.
"Right away she stopped screaming, she stopped everything, you know, she stopped the inspection," he told city officials. He said she assured him she could "fix you up."
The very next day Okoro was back. But this time as a vitamin saleswoman.
Izquierdo bought $391 worth of Nutrilite vitamins, according to records. "I was a little intimidated," Izquierdo recalled. "This was the inspector selling them."