before audiobooks

Both Huet [1630-1721] and Bell were erudites and spent their lives reading.  Huet, who lives into his nineties, had a servant follow him with a book to read aloud to him during meals and breaks and thus avoid lost time.

from Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s self-indulgent but interesting The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

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1 thought on “before audiobooks”

  1. And I thought I was the only person who got this connection, but you’ve beaten me to it! I have finally gotten around to starting a blog and put up Taleb’s quote and pointing out that it pre-dates audible.com by a few hundred years. When my post went up wordpress suggested people also look here…brilliant. Now I can follow your work. Cheers.

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