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Will reading make you rich?

If you are an avid reader -- or writer -- of fiction, chances are you took note of a news item that appeared in the Pacific Standard last week (reprinted in Salon over the weekend). Titled "Study: Reading Novels Makes Us Better Thinkers," the article, by Tom Jacobs, cited a recent paper out of the University of Toronto indicating that subjects who read a short story scored lower afterward on tests designed to determine "need for cognitive closure" than did people who'd read an essay.

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