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  • This is because to be anti-library is thought to be anti-book, literacy and all nice, decent British virtues that come with being shushed by a lady in a cardigan.

    Libraries Maxine 2009

  • *Mine is a modest collection compared to Umberto Eco the inspirer of Mr Taleb's notion of anti-library: he has an anti-library of over 30,000 volumes.

    Great minds ... Frank Wilson 2007

  • A massive collection of unknowledge, the anti-library contains all the books that may still change your life.

    Great minds ... Frank Wilson 2007

  • To book-lovers, and especially generalists like me, who jump all over the place without focus, the stacks of the anti-library loom higher and darker for every book we read.

    Great minds ... Frank Wilson 2007

  • Only people who read very little can think the anti-library doesn't matter.

    Great minds ... Frank Wilson 2007

  • But only by closing can the foolishness of the anti-tax and anti-library politicians be shown, and new politicans be able to run against old, worn out ideas.

    LISNews - Comments 2009

  • As well, I have Pinker's book on my prospective anti-library request list but have to finish the ...

    tdaxp 2009

  • While noting that he's not anti-library, Johnson said: "To me, that was showing some favoritism to one portion of the city government."

    Custom Search 2009

  • As well, I have Pinker's book on my prospective anti-library request list but have to finish the ...

    tdaxp 2009

  • The bottom line is that while I suspect I have read virtually everything that the folks here have read, or at least am somewhat familiar with most items (remember, I have a large anti-library as well as LDS library) and I have no qualms with the truth claims of the LDS Church.

    Mormon Stories Podcast Archive 2008


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  • anti-library n. A person’s collection of unread books.

    Seen more frequently as antilibrary

    A private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allow you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.

    —Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan, Random House, April 17, 2007

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    June 30, 2015