Nobody Owes Us Attention

Readers Have Other Things On Their Minds

Open books with pages riffling on a white background. Question: How many books have you abandoned?

I have a quirky book problem. Once I get through the first few chapters of a book, I feel obligated to keep going, even if I’ve entirely lost interest.

I start skimming, flipping through pages-doing anything so that I feel like I reached the end legitimately. It seems absurd even as I do it, but if I page through to the last…