Sunday, March 30

Would you still be my Facebook friend if I told you what books I read?

This was amusing, but as a logophile, as long as I have my books, do I need friends? :)

But this article spoke to me, and I quote:

Some years ago, I was awakened early one morning by a phone call from a friend. She had just broken up with a boyfriend she still loved and was desperate to justify her decision. “Can you believe it!” she shouted into the phone. “He hadn’t even heard of Pushkin!”

Yes, I would agree so much. Mind you, if the woman was reading Pushkin (or for that matter, Russian literature) all that much, I would hope that she has other tastes as well. Russian literature is a bit too somber for me.

Sussing out a date’s taste in books is “actually a pretty good way — as a sort of first pass — of getting a sense of someone,” said Anna Fels, a Manhattan psychiatrist and the author of “Necessary Dreams: Ambition in Women’s Changing Lives.” “It’s a bit of a Rorschach test.” To Fels (who happens to be married to the literary publisher and writer James Atlas), reading habits can be a rough indicator of other qualities. “It tells something about ... their level of intellectual curiosity, what their style is,” Fels said. “It speaks to class, educational level.”

I dont generally check out what books you have read but it helps. But surely looking at books to check out to that extent is a bit creepy, no?

Let’s face it — this may be a gender issue. Brainy women are probably more sensitive to literary deal breakers than are brainy men. (Rare is the guy who’d throw a pretty girl out of bed for revealing her imperfect taste in books.)

I was laughing my head off reading this, yes, I agree.


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