A book lover comes clean: I have never read ‘Infinite Jest.’ Or ‘War and Peace’

SFChron_2019_08_27_Page28sMy August 27 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

I’m coming clean. Here are books I’ve lied about reading: “War and Peace.” “Gravity’s Rainbow.” “Infinite Jest.” And that’s just for starters. Had my book club not shamed me into reading “Ulysses” and “Swann’s Way” I would have lied about those too.

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