Yes I'm waiting for a reply from the thread starter.
Question: Do you intend to carry on with your theory in light of the tons of common sense replies? Or, how have the replies affected your thinking?
I remember this time when I was sat in a sandwich shop, reading, waiting for a bacon sandwich (why is it always food?) and I overheard someone comment upon my reading, saying something along the lines that he would be really clever now with all that reading if he only read "proper books" i.e. non-fiction not fiction.
On the other hand it does get on my nerves a little with this seemingly constant need to justify reading/literature/art. I'm very tempted to reply with random non-sequiturs in future for the hell of it. I must confess I have had a burning desire to reply with something like this for a long time now:
Reply one, Fred Bloggs - No, reading is not a waste of time there is so much that can be learned from reading, history...What is the point in art? What is the point in reading? Is reading a waste of time? Etc, etc.
Reply two, Jane Eyre - How can you say that literature is a waste of time? It is good for many reasons, for example learning to read and write...
Reply three, Dante - (brilliant post that kicks ***)
Reply four, Donny Osmond - What? What? How can you say that, you troll?...
I like sausages.
Reply six, Mia Farrow - Reading is fundamental for the...
I feel better now.