Reading Wednesday -- Week 6 -- Hoarding: Part 2

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Reading Wednesday -- Week 6 -- Hoarding: Part 2

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1orderlyoasis
okt 7, 2009, 6:52 am

We are halfway through the discussion on Ghosty Men by Franz Lidz. In this part of the book, we are beginning to see the strain of the hoarding behavior on others who do not necessarily hold the same value for these particular belongings.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS -- WEEK 6 - GHOSTY MEN Ch. 7-10

1) What effects did the way the Collyers and Uncle Arthur (or any other person you know who hoards) lived have on their relationships with others outside their home i.e. neighbors, coworkers, family, friends?

2) What impact did the way the Collyers and Uncle Arthur (or any other person you know who hoards) lived have on their own financial situations? Do you think they could they have survived as long as they did without the help of others? Is that help from others the same as enabling the hoarding behavior?

3) From The Herald Tribune's 1942 editorial "The Nonconformists": "Two brothers -- indrawn, sufficient unto each other, leading the life they chose, following a rationality all their own. Not antisocial -- "We never violate the law" -- not misanthropic nor embittered. Simply refusing to take the lead from others; knowing the ways and things of the outside world and rejecting them." (Ch. 9, p. 91-92) How do you interpret this thought in relation to a person who hoards in general? The Collyer brothers? Uncle Arthur? Your own life?

SUGGESTED READING FOR NEXT WEEK

Ghosty Men Ch. 11 - end

For the complete Fall 2009 Reading Schedule, please see Reading Wednesday -- Week 1

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