Kevin Dickinson loves to go to the bookstore to check a price. However, he ends up walking out of the bookstore with three books that he “probably didn’t know existed beforehand.”
I buy second-hand books by the bagful at the Friends of the Library sale, while explaining to my wife that it’s for a good cause. Even the smell of books grips me, that faint aroma of earthy vanilla that wafts up at you when you flip a page.
The problem is that his book-buying habit outpaces his ability to read them, which leads to FOMO and occasional feeling of guilt over the large amount of unread books across his shelves.
But it’s possible this guilt is entirely misplaced. According to statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, these unread volumes represent what he calls an “antilibrary,” and he believes our antilibraries aren’t signs of intellectual failings. Quite the opposite.
More about this over at Big Think.
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