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Rick

It strikes me that what Virgil is actually measuring is how popular books are. Everyone reads 'Catcher in the Rye' because it's famous, and since most people are fundamentally stupid it will therefore get a low score.

Intelligent people are usually the first ones on the curve when a new book comes out - Life of Pi, say - and so it will start out rated high, and then as more and more people read it, the average intelligence of its readers will fall.

Still: it's surprising Freakonomics is rated so highly, given I thought everyone had read it.

Seamus McCauley

Still: it's surprising Freakonomics is rated so highly, given I thought everyone had read it

Everyone you know has read it, Rick...

August

Alternatively, you could call your local library and ask them which books get stolen or damaged most often. This list tracks quite well, probably because you have to be pretty stupid to steal a library book.

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