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Jared Lee Loughner: seeking insight from his reading list

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(Read caption) A man believed to be shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner is pictured in this undated photograph obtained from Loughner's MySpace page.

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Do the books that Jared Lee Loughner was reading tell us anything useful about his state of mind?

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are,” the great French lawyer and gastronome Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said.

In other words, you are what you eat, Brillat-Savarin posited. Are we also what we read? Can an individual’s bookshelf offer a glimpse into his mind? Are we a reflection of what we read – or vice versa?

Investigators, legal aid workers, counselors, and the media are considering these questions as they pore over a revealing piece of evidence in Saturday's grisly Arizona shooting spree: suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner’s reading list.

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