Closing the book — and then coming back to it

My November 16, 2021 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

As you might imagine, I have lots of conversations with people about what they’re reading and what they like and don’t like. What I hear hardly anything about, however, is people’s reading habits. ¶ I know people who once they open a book, that’s it — they’re committed until they turn the final page. Even if they don’t like it. Those people seem to feel the same way about movies: No matter how terrible the film, buying the ticket condemns them to staying in their seat.

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