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  1. R.H. (Rusty) Foerger
    December 12 @ 12:27 pm

    Perhaps I am “old school” – but I simply don’t discuss books I haven’t read. It is rather like being a tour guide to places I have never visited. But – I have discussed books that have been fading from memory – so I thought this bit of advice very wise: “approach the act of reading and discussing books with humility because the act of reading is the beginning of forgetting for both you and the person you discuss the book with.”

    In the mean time, if I may, here are the books I read (and somewhat reviewed) in 2016: https://moreenigma.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/in-time-for-christmas-books-of-2016/

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    • Jessica Manuel
      December 13 @ 3:51 pm

      I don’t lie about it, but I do end up talking about books I haven’t read. I taught through Fast Food Nation in a writing course a few years ago and there is a section that talks about Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. I ended up giving a summary of the book and discussed the cultural reception of it because none of my students had heard of it and the author of FFN’s point would have been entirely lost if I hadn’t. Do I wish I could have read through it before teaching that class? Of course. That’s what I mean when I say it’s an occupational hazard. My whole world revolves around encouraging people to read more, so trust me when I say I appreciate that you are old school.

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