Stop reading this crappy column and read a book instead

Some disturbing news: Americans are reading fewer books. At least that’s the report from the Gallup gang, which surveyed American adults in December 2021 and found that we all individually read “about two or three fewer books a year” than we did in 2001-16.

I admit I was surprised, as I had been under the impression that we had all rediscovered the joys of the printed word during the pandemic – that, in addition to painting self-portraits, baking juicy sourdoughs, mastering archery and rewatching “Barney Miller” every season, we found time to curl up on the couch by the fire and dig into “Ulysses.”

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