Despite having advanced well into middle age I have only just found a satisfactory response to the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. The answer is a flâneur.
I did not know what it meant either until I read the press release about the new book from Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the mathematical economist famous for writing the Black Swan, on highly improbable events. Evidently he is one, a flâneur that is, which means he spends most of his time “meditating in cafés across the planet”.
His new book, The Bed of Procrustes, is a collection of “philosophical and practical aphorisms”. It includes such words of wisdom as: (article continues below)
“The opposite of manliness isn’t cowardice; it’s technology”
“The tragedy is that much of what you think is random is in your control and, what’s worse, the opposite.”
Anyway, I am now ready to become a flâneur. Any advice on how to proceed?