I love books. So much so, I even love books about books. And Pierre Bayard’s “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read” is among the best.
It is possible to have a passionate conversation about a book that one has not read, including, perhaps, especially, with someone else who has not read it…Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read
If, like me, you cannot fathom walking into a bookshop or library without thinking “how on earth will I read them all?”, this book is for you. It is a salve for this precise emotion.
Bayard argues the merits of not reading. In fact, the entire first section of the book describes “Ways of Not Reading“. “Unread” books are divided into books “you don’t know”, “you have skimmed”, “you have heard of”, and “you have forgotten”.Continue reading “Books On Books: How to talk about books about books”