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Baltimore Ravens vs. Sarah Bernhardt

Baltimore Ravens vs. Sarah Bernhardt

I'm not sure how to explain my strange Monday night, which I spent simultaneously watching the Baltimore Ravens game on TV and reading "Sarah," a new biography of the 19th Century French actress Sarah Bernhardt.

Maybe I've become the ultimate multi-tasker. I've conditioned my brain to expect different impulses, lurching suddenly between, say, Todd Heap's incredible diving catch and the inner workings of Paris theaters. (That could be a carry-over from work, where I tend to be doing four things at once. For example, there are nine screens open on my computer right now.)

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Maybe I have adult-onset ADHD, or have been taught by society that I can't relax for a few minutes -- watching the game or reading a book. Even the few minutes during commercials -- and the seconds between Ravens plays -- demand to be filled with some sort of activity. A cell phone, laptop, magazine or book can fill the ga

I've always enjoyed spending an hour or so alone with a book, in a quiet place. But this multi-tasking seems to be happening more and more lately. Don't know whether others have the same experience, but it's a bit unsettling for me.

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