Dysfunctional Literacy

Reader’s block doesn’t get the respect that writer’s block does.  People (especially writers and artists) can sympathize with writer’s block because a writer is creating something, and creating something can be difficult.  Reader’s block gets less sympathy because all a reader needs to do to read is read.  Complaining about reader’s block is like being the kid with all the toys in his room griping about being bored. 

Reader’s block can be frustrating and deserves to be taken (just a little) seriously.  Yes, reading is more passive than writing, but it still takes mental activity.  Reading requires concentration and a willingness to get through difficult exposition/narration (hopefully with a payoff). 

“Block” can happen with even the most passive of activities.  I’ve gotten television watching block.  The symptom for that is mindless flipping of channels.  I’ve gotten video game block.  The symptom for that is intentionally ending games early by getting…

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