Pretend Reading (It’s All The Rage)

“This holiday season, a new and perverse variation on this age-old standby is making the rounds at Manhattan soirées. Instead of ‘Read any good books lately?’, you are far more likely to hear: ‘Pretended to read any good books lately?’ Yes, this season it’s all about faking it—i.e., carrying around the ‘It’ book but not actually bothering to read it.”