2-21-016; my ambition

Quote of the day:

As the programmer Alberto Brandolini is reputed to have said: “The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.” This is the unbearable asymmetry of bullshit I mentioned in my title, and it poses a serious problem for research integrity. Developing a strategy for overcoming it, I suggest, should be a top priority for publication ethics.

From <http://quillette.com/2016/02/15/the-unbearable-asymmetry-of-bullshit/>





Reduced to a sentence, my ambition might fairly be stated as the wish to write a book that would rank among the most stolen.

“”A guy at Foyles once told me that The Outsider by Albert Camus is still the most stolen of all books, the thieves usually teenage boys. Perhaps there is an unstated premise in both Bakewell and Baert that you have to be an adolescent to count as an existentialist. But certainly Camus (who always insisted on not being an existentialist, and therefore was one) reckoned he learned all his philosophy playing football as a boy.””



2 thoughts on “2-21-016; my ambition

  1. There is no surer sign that a writer has become a significant part of the culture than to have hungry young men steal his or her book. It is young men most likely to steal, and it is young men who read with more passion, hold books, certain books, closer to their hearts than most any other class of readers. Certain books, the books they steal, become part of their identity and the way they see the world…. Read a list of National Book Award winners and a list of the most stolen books and ask yourself with which set of writers would you rather be.


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