n. A person's collection of unread books.
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I like the concept of the antilibrary, mostly because it justifies my habit of incessantly acquiring new books while lacking the time to read them all. There’s something very comforting about owning stacks of books — particularly non-fiction — and having them immediately on hand, should you want to know something about (say) Hitler, inequality, cats or economics.
—Hazel Phillips, “The Importance of the Antilibrary — Converting Unknown Unknowns Into Known Unknowns,” Baldwin Boyle Group, January 12, 2015
Never too many unread books for my #AntiLibrary. #RetailTherapy #Procrastination — at Barnes & Noble 86th Street…
—Sean Cusack, “Never too many…,” Twitter, May 12, 2014
I wasn't asked, but here is a sample of my antilibrary:
—“My Antilibrary [Updated],” Purpleslog, May 02, 2008
2007 (earliest)
[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. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan, Random House, April 17, 2007
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