Books as Meta-Furniture

The lede on this New York Observer story reads like a case study for “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read,” which is the book I plan on talking about without reading for at least the next few weeks.

If a girl puts down that her favorite book is The Fountainhead, there’s no way I’m going to contact her,” said a 30-year-old law student… His friends—many of them fellow veterans of the New York online dating scene—nodded in agreement.

Later…the law student clarified his position. “I’ve never actually read The Fountainhead,” he said between bites. “It’s an unspecific thing. It just kind of comes from the belief that a mixture of someone being philosophical but not very bright seems dangerous.”

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