Monday, March 12, 2007
Stewardess Hates Job
"Stewardess Hates Job" - this was the title of a "hot reads" book review of FLY ME TO THE MOON in the Saturday edition of the Montreal Gazette, and it totally cracked me up.
Mostly because I didn't hate being a flight attendant! I mean, not every day. I only hated the ones with bad weather, no empty seats, and infinite delays .
But there were good days too, like the time when. . .um . . .
Okay, mostly I was in it for the layovers.
But the review was good, they even called it "fun and quite entertaining." And I would include a link, but they won't let you read it unless you subscribe.
In addition to being fun I recently learned that reading my book (okay, not necessarily my book, but fiction in general, as opposed to non-fiction) will make you more empathetic.
According to a study conducted at the University of Toronto (yes, I am loving Canada these days!) Subjects who read more fiction than non-fiction, performed better in tests of empathy and social understanding, leading the researchers to conclude that people hone interpersonal skills through the "simulated social experiences" they have when immersed in a fictional narrative.
Which got me thinking about my own "simulated experiences" like how reading Deenie convinced me I had scoliosis, (I didn't), and how reading The Little House books allowed me that covered wagon, prairie experience without ever having to leave the comforts of my OC neighborhood.
There were more, but I'd really like to hear about yours! So, tell me- what were some of your favorite "simulated social experiences?"