Skimming Is Fundamental
A psychoanalyst wryly probes the meaning of nonreading
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
by Pierre Bayard
$19.95 List Price
An obvious question facing a reviewer of Pierre Bayard’s book on the business of reading and nonreading is whether or not to actually read it. Writing a review of a book on the subject of feigning familiarity with books you have not read without reading the book in question holds an undeniable appeal.
And you, reader of this review, may not want to read Bayard’s book, either, since one way of not reading a book is surely