Learning about risk from libraries and brothels

I borrow books to mitigate the risks of not liking them and have also learnt much about risk-taking from an author's study of economics using a brothel

I have a guilty confession to make. I am too cheap to buy books.

About 90 per cent of the books I cite in my monthly column are borrowed from the public library in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 06, 2019, with the headline 'Learning about risk from libraries and brothels'. Print Edition | Subscribe