Psychoanalyst Stephen Soldz has an interesting post about a startling admission by a French psychoanalytically-oriented literary critic who says that he often discusses books he has never read without others catching on to his deception.
Pierre Bayard, a 52-year-old professor at Paris University, claims not only that he "authoritatively" discusses books he hasn't read or finished reading, he even admitted that he sometimes does so without so much as reading a book review.
My first inclination is to question the veracity of the story, but I hesitate to do so because I know a clinician on the faculty of a major American university who does exactly the same thing.
It's appalling. And, he's not even French.