Gert described White Rabbit Syndrome in a 2014 post. Otherwise known as Kaninchenschmerz, it’s a condition in which the sufferer repeatedly dreams he/she is running along the bank of a fast-flowing river of books saying, Oh dear oh dear I shall be late. It’s believed to reflect a fear that the number of books that must be read is growing exponentially even as the sufferer reads with increasing desperation.
But science is coming to the rescue. Gert has learned that there are three research projects going on as we speak:
In Dr Lucretius Baboon’s study subjects are required to make slow, steady swimming motions with arms and feet while reading.
Professor Rort K. Bugbear is investigating a meditation technique in which subjects envisage themselves being carried along blissfully in a river of books.
A PhD student, Harold Biggarby, hypotheses that eating a book every day will enlist the autonomic nervous system and the ventrolateral hypothalamus to produce a steady internal state in which the need to consume books by reading will disappear.
Subjects are being sought for all three trials. Surely book bloggers, who contribute to this plague by reviewing and recommending books, have a duty to take part?