Did you know that Gangplank Chandler is host to a “guilt-free” book club? Guilt free means that you can (and should) participate whether you read the book or not. Discussion is always thoughtful and mind-opening and the group challenges itself with books from every genre and focus as it can. You should check it out!
Our book for August was “The Little Prince” by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. It was a very different book for us, the result of a desire to discuss a book from out past that touched our hearts. We were treated to French wine, cheese, and dessert by Ann W. as we celebrated the French-ness of the book, as well as getting back in touch with our inner child. Deconstructing a book so full of metaphors was like trying to pick up a big bowl of spilled Jello (wait, is that a metaphor or an analogy??). Anyway, we had fun, as usual.
September’s book is, as we are known to do, a real departure from last month’s book. Join us on Wednesday, September 10th at 6 PM, as we discuss Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s newest book, “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder.”
His general thesis of the book:
With the velocity of change it is impossible to predict if, when and how things will change. Better, then, to create organizations and platforms that benefit from disorder and change (antifragile) than ones that are broken or made obsolete (fragile).
Taleb says, “The antifragile loves randomness and uncertainty, which also means – crucially – a love of errors, a certain class of errors. Antifragility has a singular property of allowing us to deal with the unknown, to do things without understanding them – – and do them well. Let me be more aggressive: we are largely better at doing that we are thinking, thanks to antifragility. I’d rather be dumb and anti-fragile and extremely smart and fragile, anytime.”
New York Times says, “Mr. Taleb — who has worked as a derivatives trader and quantitative analyst, and who holds the title of distinguished professor of risk engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University — writes with great certainty and vigor. At his best he serves up provocative theories that encourage us to look at the world anew. He reminds us of the limits of Enlightenment reason, goads us into thinking about why small might be less fragile than big (a rule, he implies, that applies to animals and corporations alike) and gives us a renewed appreciation of practical knowledge (of the sort possessed by engineers and entrepreneurs) as opposed to the sort of academic knowledge acquired in school.”
Remember… our book club is a guilt-free book club, so you don’t have to read the book to join in. So, join us on Wednesday, September 10th at 6 PM, as we discuss Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s newest book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder.