No, it's you.
Compatibility in reading taste, and "the romantic tragedy of our age."
Do you agree:
Sussing out a date’s taste in books is “actually a pretty good way — as a sort of first pass — of getting a sense of someone."
“If you’re a person who loves Alice Munro and you’re going out with someone whose favorite book is ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ perhaps the flags of incompatibility were there prior to the big reveal.”
“It’s really great if you find a guy that reads, period.”
“Generally, if a guy had read a book in the last year, or ever, that was good enough.”
Compatibility in reading taste is a “luxury”.... The goal is “to find somebody where your perversions match and who you can stand.”
I agree with the last goal. I'm not sure I ever had a boyfriend with compatible reading tastes. After all, isn't reading a very private thing? More so even than fantasy?
Guys, please note that the quotes above were not meant to impugn your reading inclinations. Those were just the ones I could use easily. Women who read the wrong books or who don't laugh while reading also get their comeuppance in the article.
"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield