I love knowing what’s going on in the world. I listen to NPR for hours each day, compare what I’ve heard with the broadcast television news, and track down stories of interest online.

In a word, I’m a junkie.

I’ve been aware of this problem for years. I limit my subscriptions to newspapers and news magazines for this very reason, and this past year during Lent, I fasted from all news on any medium just to cleanse myself. I was pretty irritable during those weeks.
This past week though, I realized that the problem is getting worse. Here are the symptoms:

1.) Monday at art class I mentioned Iranian president Ahmadinejad by name in a conversation.
2.) This afternoon I recalled from memory the names of several NPR hosts, including Neil Conan on Talk of the Nation, which doesn’t even air in Indianapolis.
3.) But the real kicker is that I had a dream last night that I was giving Saddam Hussein a hair cut and shave.

Ai yai yai!