The antilibrary

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I have realized I still have 3500 years of reading in my library.

The Lebanese writer, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, calls this unread collection of books an antilibrary.

He writes that a library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there.

He predicts that I will accumulate more knowledge and more books. And that the number of (unread) books on my shelves will continue to grow as I realize the enormity of what I still don’t know.

“Let us call this an antischolar — someone who focuses on the unread books and makes an attempt not to treat his knowledge as a treasure, or even a possession, or even a self-esteem enhancement device — a sceptical empiricist.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan

Brilliant. Going out to buy more books.

6 thoughts on “The antilibrary

  1. Let’s hear it for more books. I bought three at The Book Keeper today, and as I was going out the door, I saw another one of great interest, but will save that for next time. The anticipation of knowint there’s a book waiting for you to take it home and add it to the pile in the anti-library, is delicious. It’s almost as good as actually reading them. And much better than a Kitchener bun from the bakery.

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