Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gladwell essays

I always enjoy Malcolm Gladwell’s writings. His latest book, What the Dog Saw, is a collection of essays that appeared earlier in The New Yorker. Naturally, not all of them are available in the free New Yorker archives, but it's a start. (Oops, it seems that you can't get all the way with this link, so you'll have to enter Malcolm Gladwell's name in the search box.) Moreover, it offers up some pieces that didn’t make it to the book.

Here some essays that may be of particular interest: “Cocksure: Banks, battles, and the psychology of overconfidence,” “The Uses of Adversity: Can underprivileged outsiders have an advantage?,” and “Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity?” Only “Late Bloomers” is included in the book.

While I’m on the subject of Malcolm Gladwell, if you didn’t see his 2004 talk on “What we can learn from spaghetti sauce” and if you have an interest in how consumers make decisions, take some time out from your busy schedule for a real treat.

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