Nassim Taleb Is On His Second Round Of Self-Imposed Quiet Time

Several years back, in response to the news that Ben Bernanke would be reappointed Fed Chairman, Nassim Nicholas Taleb made an announcement that he would be retreating from society. “What I am seeing…is too much for me to bear,” Taleb wrote. “I am not blaming Bernanke (he doesn’t even know he doesn’t understand how things work); it is the Senators appointing him who are totally irresponsible…I need to withdraw as immediately as possible into the Platonic quiet of my library, work on my next book, find solace in science and philosophy, and mull the next step…I will only (briefly) emerge from my hiatus when the publishers force me to do so upon the publication of the paperback edition of The Black Swan. Bye, Nassim.” NNT reintroduced himself to the world at some point in 2010 or 2011 but now, apparently, he has once again decided to pick up his black swans and leave, as people getting in touch with him to star in their movie, blurb their book, or pick his large and intimidating brain recently learned.


(Please ignore this message if you are a personal friend or engaged in an ongoing

Dear correspondent;

I am currently disengaged from the rest of the world (until November 2012).

I had to stop replying to emails outside of the strictly personal (friends, family, citizens of Amioun, etc.), except for extremely important/urgent matters.

Please note that, except for emergencies & appointments, I reply to mails with an equivalent frequency to that of classical letters.

(REQUESTS: Also note that 1) I no longer do media interviews (except those scheduled by publishers), 2) can no longer endorse books, 3) do not participate in documentary films, 4) will not give lectures in Asia, Australia, and other places entailing severe jetlag, etc.)

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Nassim Taleb Still Has the Most Nassim Taleb Auto-Reply Email Ever [NYO]
Earlier: Nassim Taleb Swears He’s Done With This Place, Signs Off In A Huff– Who Should He Take With Him?

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30 Responses to “Nassim Taleb Is On His Second Round Of Self-Imposed Quiet Time”

  1. E. Cartman says:


  2. Texashedge says:

    This fuckin guy

  3. guest says:

    Is Amioun like Galt's Gulch, but, ya know… real?

  4. mediawhore says:

    Hey, Nassim — I'm available to pinch hit!

    – W. Tilson

  5. Guest says:

    What a shmoolie.

  6. Ron Jeremy says:

    I hear he's pursuing a porn career. His specialty will be pursuing "fat tail".

  7. Guest_of_Honor says:

    Retreating to the depths of the harem to ponder life and pussy in the way only dr. doom can.

  8. Guest says:

    He's just e-mailing it in until November 2012.

  9. Guest says:

    Dude if you're gonna retire, just make up your mind and be done with it.

    – Michael Jordan

  10. Guest says:

    I'm done talking forever, starting right now. Wait Bernanke is a first rate joker. Okay starting now.

  11. guest says:

    Hey at least you get a reply when you write NNT an email. I wrote an email to Ron Jeremy last year and am still waiting for a response

  12. Guest says:

    "….if you are inquiring In reference to my Craigslist ad seeking a roommate, please use my alternate email address please no water sports. "

  13. guest says:

    How he sees himself: Lucious Annaeus Seneca with more math

    How the world sees him: Nouriel Roubini with smaller harem

  14. Guest says:

    I want you to say…you can eat my pudding. Say it!

  15. guest says:

    Roubini should join him so they can furiously stroke each others egos down their own death spiral.

  16. el guesto says:

    what a self-important douche.

  17. DDK says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed his book tremendously. But does his philosophy, “nobody knows what the future holds”, really give him a right to be so arrogant? If you meet him in person, you realize that his arrogance is only partially portrayed by his books and comments

  18. Jeff G. says:

    Hi All – are you an aspiring thespian? If so, I have an unexpected opening for someone to wear a "gimp suit" in my upcoming home-made film, Pump Friction IV. Experience not required, please send headshot.

  19. Tony C. says:

    Nov is the ….ELECTIONS.

  20. Guest says:

    Long premium is not working.

    God damned Bernanke!!!

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