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