Quotable: on unread books; and Swedish tennis
1. Just started reading The Black Swan by Nassem Nicholas Taleb; it's shaping up to be one of those social science tomes that ends up rewiring your brain. And you can't help but be won over by a book that throws out early on this nugget:
...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.
2. As mentioned by Geoff Dyer in his piece about Brad Gilbert in the latest Observer Sports Monthly, this is an arresting line from Bjorn Borg by William Scammell:
whether chess against a breaking wave
Do you think it's too late for Bergman to make a film about tennis?