A Real Infospigot

From The New York Times this morning: “A Walking, Wisecracking Encyclopedia,” a review of a book by a guy who set out to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, and did it:


“The venerable encyclopedia that Mr. Jacobs chose to read from cover to cover. It comprises 32 volumes, or 44 million words. ‘Reading the Britannica is like channel surfing on a very highbrow cable system, one with no shortage of shows about Sumerian cities,’ he writes. To accommodate this exercise he decides to cut back on watching reality television.”

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