A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, COLUMNIST RICHARD COHEN of the Washington Post publicly confessed his addiction to Solitaire, the computer version of the onanistic card game. Free with every copy of Windows, it has enslaved a goodly portion of the American population. Cohen's admission may have lacked the wattage of Oprah's confession to past cocaine abuse but not the poignancy: responsible, respected writer shamefully neglects most everything-family, work, leisure-in endless pursuit of the perfectly useless perfect hand. Heartbreaking.

Cohen was writing to warn others of the dangers, but it came too late for the state of Virginia, where addiction to Solitaire...

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