Books We (Maybe) Pretend to Have Read to be Taken Seriously as a Writer

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

“I did an Infinite Summer, but I took an experimental approach. I just read the footnotes. Have you read the exquisite forward by Dave Eggers?”

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

“How can I expect to produce the next great American novel without reading the first one? I feel like it has never been more relevant than it is today, what with the war and the peace and all.”

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

“The whale is a metaphor, you know?”

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

“Colonialism, you know?”

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

                                                             

“Walter White…he is like THE REASON I started writing poetry..”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

                                                            

“I didn’t like it, but I think that’s because I’m a feminist.”

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

                                                               

“Keira Knightly wouldn’t have been my first choice for Anna.”

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