In Confucius’ day, it may have been a greater feat to travel 10,000 miles than to read 10,000 books, but surely air travel has long since put paid to that old debate.

This website will chronicle the author’s progress in reading through 100 books in 2012, a pace at which the author would have to continue for a mere century more to reach the ancient sage’s standard. Even counting the several hundred books the author has to date read that are not to be discussed here, 10,000 remains a distant aspiration.

Nevertheless, were the reader to know the rigorous time demands of the author’s true profession–and this being a pseudonymous website, the reader will have to guess–the author takes comfort in the knowledge that the reader would be duly impressed by this torrid pace.