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]
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  1. Posted by E. Cartman | October 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM


  2. Posted by Texashedge | October 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    This fuckin guy

  3. Posted by guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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

  4. Posted by mediawhore | October 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

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

    – W. Tilson

  5. Posted by Texashedge | October 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    I think it's like World of Warcraft except instead of an online game, it's just people in Lebanon killing each other.

  6. Posted by Guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    What a shmoolie.

  7. Posted by Ron Jeremy | October 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM

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

  8. Posted by Guest_of_Honor | October 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

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

  9. Posted by Dr. Wrong | October 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Not sure he's who you think he is, although I guess they look somewhat similar….

  10. Posted by Guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM

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

  11. Posted by Guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

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

    – Michael Jordan

  12. Posted by Guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

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

  13. Posted by guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    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

  14. Posted by Guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

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

  15. Posted by guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    How he sees himself: Lucious Annaeus Seneca with more math

    How the world sees him: Nouriel Roubini with smaller harem

  16. Posted by Guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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

  17. Posted by guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:41 PM

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

  18. Posted by Brett Fav-ruh | October 3, 2012 at 2:41 PM


  19. Posted by el guesto | October 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    what a self-important douche.

  20. Posted by DDK | October 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    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

  21. Posted by guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    you meant
    "Roubini should join him so they can furiously stroke each other"

  22. Posted by guest | October 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    the expression is to stoke an ego, not to stroke it.

    now be quiet

  23. Posted by Jeff G. | October 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    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.

  24. Posted by Tony C. | October 3, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Nov is the ….ELECTIONS.

  25. Posted by YourEgo'sLibido | October 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Either way is fine.

  26. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 3, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    One levantine, two levantines, what's the difference?

  27. Posted by Guest | October 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Long premium is not working.

    God damned Bernanke!!!

  28. Posted by Nigerian Prince | October 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Won't you reconsider this historic opportunity We in the kingdom are offering to you and your family please sir.

  29. Posted by guest | October 3, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    which one are you, strunk or white? dont be dopey

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