2017 LaFollette Lecture: Professor Brian Tucker ’98  
 
Tucker: 'Others described women’s reading habits as an “addiction” and that’s not a coincidence. Within this discourse on reading, it was common to equate the dangers of reading with the dangers of drug addiction. The philosopher Johann Fichte speaking in 1804, said: “Reading, like any other narcotic, sets one in a comfortable state suspended between sleep and wakefulness. It lulls one into a sweet oblivion.”  
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