The 7 Kinds of Books You Didn’t Finish

The 7 Kinds of Books You Didn’t Finish

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There’s been some hot debate over whether or not it’s a mortal sin to put down a book before you’re finished reading it: The Atlantic commands its audience to finish the damn thing or risk missing an excellent ending; conversely, The Guardian talks up the simple joy of dropping a boring read, akin to the instant high of cancelling plans. Personally, I am firmly in camp DNF (Did Not Finish). Is this because I have many unfinished books, tragically abandoned on nightstands and bathroom radiators and don’t want to be called out? Okay, maybe. Or is it, perhaps, because I prefer not to waste …

The 7 Kinds of Books You Didn't Finish

The 7 Kinds of Books You Didn't Finish

Book Culture

There’s been some hot debate over whether or not it’s a mortal sin to put down a book before you’re finished reading it: The Atlantic commands its audience to finish the damn thing or risk missing an excellent ending; conversely, The Guardian talks up the simple joy of dropping a boring read, akin to the instant high of cancelling plans. Personally, I am firmly in camp DNF (Did Not Finish). Is this because I have many unfinished books, tragically abandoned on nightstands and bathroom radiators and don’t want to be called out? Okay, maybe. Or is it, perhaps, because I prefer not to waste …

Why Characters Are Better Than Real People

Why Characters Are Better Than Real People

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I have like five or six good friends. I think that’s fine. I’m all right, comfortable even, with that number. If you’re trying to tell me you have over a dozen good friends—and I mean good—you probably, just, I don’t know. You’re probably lying. Good friends, I’m talking. And you’re saying you have twelve of them? No.   Good friends are, in any case, hard to come by. Many people are selfish. They get in their own head and it’s sometimes hard to find their way out. The bad news is these people don’t make great friends. The good news …