Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan) is a writer who surprises you on every page. Near the beginning of The Black Swan (he uses the black swan as a symbol of the unexpected since in the northern hemisphere swans are conceived of as all being white), Taleb tells the story of Yevgenia Krasnova, which has the reader believing it to be a true tale, for it is narrated matter of factly, yet on the first page of the next chapter, Taleb informs us that the story was a mere tale, a fiction. Yevgenia’s story is another manifestation of the black swan syndrome.
Isaac Singer said, "A story means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is - full of surprises."Taleb goes one better, heaping surprise on surprise. He tells the surprising story of Yevgenia and then surprises us with a comment on the story. As if he has taken Yogi Berra’s “Surprise me” to heart.