The Books We Lie About Reading


The New York Times Magazine has a list of books that their staff lies about reading. They were inspired to ask the question after another site posted a list of books Brits lie about reading.  Seems like something only students would do but no, some people want to appear smart by saying they read something they did not. Really stupid people, of course, just brag about TV shows they claim to have watched.

Read more at 6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com.

Oddly, their list is a pretty cool reading list. Does that make them smart for knowing the cool books to lie about?  Here’s a few they came up with.

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn.
  • The Kingdom and the Power, by Gay Talese.

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38 comments
Klaus_Flauten
Klaus_Flauten

Howard Zinn is only good for wiping your ass after an especially runny shit.

geddyb
geddyb

Mein Kampf... because we all should care if skinheads think we are well read..

harlequincy
harlequincy

Everyone's lied at some point...book reports in school? Cliffs Notes?

LizSetsFire
LizSetsFire

I haven't read any of this horse shit.

DeathProof
DeathProof

How about books we read that we *don't* admit to...

harlequincy
harlequincy

I lied about reading the Lord of the Rings just to be cool with the nerders. Plus, never seen the movies either.

WILCOPearlJam
WILCOPearlJam

I've read 'A Confederacy of Dunces', 'War and Peace' and 'A People's History' out of that last. I am an avid reader and find it funny when people lie about the books they read.

PorkRoll
PorkRoll

I pride myself on not reading one of these

Goonerfan
Goonerfan

What about "Atlas Shrugged"? Nobody has ever finished that one!

eddietirebiter
eddietirebiter

I thought Finnegans Wake was always the top of that list.

 

TyWanon
TyWanon

I read a Book once....once

ScumbagSteve
ScumbagSteve

I got as far as "Call me Ishmael" in Moby Dick.

wrylab
wrylab

I don't understand why people would lie about reading.  Good literature is personal.  It's intimate.  I don't read for "bragging rights."  I read b/c I enjoy the act of reading.  

TyWanon
TyWanon

I lied about how i read the Articles in Playboy

Franklin97
Franklin97

It's because the so called intellectuals are full of shit. They just don't want to admit they spend most of their reading time on sci/fi and fantasy like most people.

TyWanon
TyWanon

I took a page out of Pepper's Book, and read ALL of these books on Wikipedia today

rexdart936
rexdart936

You forgot the Gor series of books.

Toin Coss
Toin Coss

I like to wait for the Movies!?/?!

Socoral
Socoral

I've read 1984 only because I didn't get any Orwell when I was in high school.  Lot's of shit about racism in the south though, and I lived 10 hours north of Vancouver.

Steakleather
Steakleather

I've read one of these (Gatsby), and started and stopped three of them (Corrections, Dunces, Moby Dick). And I consider myself an avid reader.

SludgeHound
SludgeHound

Satanic Verses should be on this list instead of Great Gatsby.  Confederate of Dunces is a really good book, and funny, too.  I got halfway through Infinitie Jest right after Wallace killed himself and I had to put it down before I did the same.

ScumbagSteve
ScumbagSteve

Any credit for having the song on your iPod?

notbrennan
notbrennan

 @Socoral dumb fucking prince george or something more north motherfucker