Don't Read All About It

So you haven't read all the pages of James Joyce's Ulysses? Actually, you haven't read any of it, have you? No big deal, says Pierre Bayard, author of French bestseller How Do You Talk About Books You Haven't Read?; neither has he. And that doesn't stop him from sharing his "very positive" opinion about it. Bayard, a psychoanalyst and University of Paris literature professor, wants to reassure students and bibliophobes that just knowing about a book as opposed to having read it is no reason for shame. "Even the most cultivated among us have enormous gaps in their knowledge," Bayard says....

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