Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Quot of the Day: Pierre Bayard
"There is more than one way to not read, the most radical of which is not to open any book at all. For any given reader, however dedicated he might be, such total abstention necessisarily holds true for virtually everything that has been published, and thus in fact constitutes our primary way of relateing to books. We must not forget that even a prodigious reader never has access to more than an infintesimal fraction of the books that exist. As a result, he will find himself forever obliged to express his thoughts on books he hasn't read.
If we take this attitude to the extreme, we arrive at the case of the absolute non-reader, who never opens a book and yet knows them and talks about them without hesitation."
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