Shit Happens in the Fourth Quadrant

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Anyone excited for 2012? The other Black Swan.

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Sarahana | January 3, 2011

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Everything they say about Nassim Nicholas Taleb is true — writes inelegantly, is unashamedly arrogant, cannot resist long-running cheesy jokes, and his Black Swan — even more effectively than does Lord of the Rings, part 3 — inspires a cry of “Is this book going to ever end?” But what Taleb says about himself is also true, that declaring him douchey is not a refutation of his ideas. And ideas he has, so I'm waving my blogger wand this new year to announce:

OH THIS BOOK IS SO ANNOYING, BUT EVERY THINKING PERSON MUST READ IT.

BEFORE THE WORLD ENDS.

NEXT YEAR.

Everyone was excited about me reading it — the subway weirdo, after he clasped my knee and I stared him down:

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