Bayard, Pierre. How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read. Bloomsbury, 2007.
Brown goes on to talk a bit about Pierre Bayard’s How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, which I’ll admit that I purchased before even finishing Brown’s essay. It’s a great little book whose central thesis is that interacting directly with the text of a book—you know, that act we typically call “reading”—is far less important than understanding how the book is connected to all the other books out there.