New 5-DAY FAST Recommended for Readers

5 day fastingNew York City — In a surprise move today, the book trade called for a 5-DAY READING FAST. It is hoped that book lovers—like health fanatics—will take to fasting with a vengeance.

"We've seen the science," says Sara Reed of St. Mable's Press. "The evidence overwhelmingly supports fasting to renew the body. We think the same is true of the mind."

Publishers and booksellers are calling for occasional 5-day fasts: read no books, zero, none, including Kindles.

"Readers are inundated," says Reed. "It's like over-eating—there's a point at which the brain simply clogs up."

"Think of pouring a bowl of pancake batter all over your car engine. Science, you know," she said. "It goops things up, stops the system from working efficiently …or working at all."

When asked if fasting would cut into sales, Pytor Glover, owner of Kansas City's Top Shelf Books, believes readers will return in droves—refreshed, with a renewed hunger for fiction.

"Readers need a deep cleanse," he says." We predict they'll return to reading with intensified focus, sharper critical thinking, and a greater sense of empathy."

How should readers break their fast? "With JANE AUSTEN, of course," Glover says. "Small, gentle sips of 18th-century social satire—there's nothing better."

Sarabelle Korteks, special to City Examiner
and LitLovers

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