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Building an antilibrary: the power of unread books

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Ness Labs
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An anti-library is a collection of unread books. Books you have read are actually “far less valuable than unread ones,” as they represent things already known. An anti-library allows you to create a research library for topics you want to explore. In fact, being faced with all that you do not know can be humbling.  But how can we properly create an anti-library?   - When reading a book, check the references, and add any interesting sources to your anti-library - Ask for recommendations - Allow for random additions to your collection  - Expect that the proportion of read books to decrease as time goes on - Be comfortable being reminded that knowledge is finite and always changing

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