Thursday, December 11, 2008
'The men polled said they would be most impressed by women who read news websites, Shakespeare or song lyrics. Women said men should have read Nelson Mandela's autobiography or Shakespeare.' People, it seems, lie about what they have read to impress others with whom they plan to 'bump uglies' as Turk puts it in Scrubs. News websites? Why's that a turn-on? Shakespeare - fair enough, but the word's just mood music really. I suppose the Mandela shows you are nice and feeling. I haven't read it, obviously. The crucial sexual aspect is, sadly, left out of this rather ponderous discussion of great books in which the Encyclopaedia Britannica has tried to interest me. Pity. I would have liked to know how far Schopenhauer will get you. But a point is being missed here. What would be most attractive is not the worthy, boastful reader, but rather the discovery that your lover has read the same fantastically obscure book as you. 'What you too have read Julian Jaynes' The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind! Take me now!'
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:28 am