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The Reading Cure

Happy birthday to scribblerworks! May you have a wonderful day today and many more to come!

In other news, there's an interesting post here at the Journal of Mythic Arts discussing the trend of using literature to heal illnesses (both psychological and physical). To quote from the post, "In other words, the medical profession has caught up to what most of us readers have known all along: Stories are powerful; and fiction can change us, body and soul."

"The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, 'The medicines of the soul.'"
- Paxton Hood

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agentxpndble
Jan. 11th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Jeez, what will these crackpots come up with next? Before you know it, they'll be declaring Fantasy a valid and important literary form. ;-)

Edited at 2008-01-11 06:34 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Before you know it, they'll be declaring Fantasy a valid and important literary form. ;-)

Oh, surely not! There goes the neighborhood. LOL!
scribblerworks
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday greeting! It looks to be an interesting year.

Well, I love it that "officials" are now getting on the "stories can have good effects" bandwagon. The rest of us are, of course, going "Duh!" (Hmmm. Time to get out a "feel good" movie again. What shall it be for the birthday? Galaxy Quest? Or something a touch more serious? Maybe The Sound of Music - haven't watched that in a while, and the scene where Christopher Plummer dances with Julie Andrews on the patio outside the party has always been a fave of mine. Hmmm. ;) )
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
I hope your birthday was wonderful! You couldn't go wrong with either Galaxy Quest or The Sound of Music, to my way of thinking. I had a smile on my face just thinking of those movies. :)
maidoforange
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Good books are definitely therapeutic. Very cool article.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
I agree!
wellinghall
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
When I was in hospital having abdominal surgery, Creatrix wouldn't lend me "The Curse of Chalion" ...
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Now you can say that's just like withholding your medicine. (And since that's Bujold, it's very important medicine!)
wellinghall
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Yes ... but given what happens to the lead character, she thought it might upset me a bit!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Awwww! Now that you mention it, abdominal surgery probably isn't the most ideal time to follow Cazaril...
wellinghall
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Er - no!

Anyway, how are you going at the moment?
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 12th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I've been a bit sick, but it's been going around, and thanks to antibiotics and other medicines I'm bouncing back in time for the first week of classes and all that good stuff. :) Thanks for asking. You?
wellinghall
Jan. 12th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry to hear you have been poorly! *hugs better*

I'm okay, thanks - work is pretty bad at times, but I'm counting down the months until I leave (in or about June).
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 13th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Hang in there re: work. I'm glad you can see the end ahead. I'm sending good vibes your way!
wellinghall
Jan. 14th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thank you :-)

*hugs*
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