I’m assuming respondents to this survey were actually telling the truth:
A recent survey of 2,000 people suggests that the majority of people pretend to have read classic books in order to appear more intelligent, with more than half of those polled displaying unread books on their shelves and 3% slipping a highbrow cover on books they’d rather not be seen reading in public.
Is there a market for book covers without actual books?
The book most fibbed about, says the survey, is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, which seems forgivable in these Orwellian times: apart from some character names, reading the news is almost exactly like reading the book.
Just the same, Emmanuel Goldstein was not available for comment.
(With thanks to Fillyjonk.)