Remember when Nicholas Carr asked in The Atlantic, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" (Sure you don’t: That was way back in July/August and we’ve all been using Google too much.)
If the planet-devouring search engine is bringing about the dumbening of mankind, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell might just be the Read More
What better place to track the habits of tastemakers and trendsetters than the West Village, a neighborhood filled with lithe fashionistas and their imitators, big-spending bankers, all sorts of retail, and quaint real estate that is well beyond the price range of average folks.
It’s only natural then that a New Yorker scribe who catapulted Read More
Kudos to Jeff Bercovici from Portfolio’s Mixed Media blog for noticing this amusing correction from The New Yorker‘s end of the year fiction issue, regarding Malcolm Gladwell’s Dec. 17 piece "None of the Above":
CORRECTION: In his December 17th piece, "None of the Above," Malcolm Gladwell states that Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, Read More
GUT FEELINGS: THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE UNCONSCIOUS
By Gerd Gigerenzer
Viking, 280 pages, $25.95
Readers who found Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink stronger on anecdote than analysis will welcome this incisive study by a psychologist whose research provided one of the bases for Mr. Gladwell’s best seller. Gerd Gigerenzer, a director of the Read More
On the red-eye back from California, where I was researched San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom‘s super-secret presidential bid, I came across a passage about Rudy Giuliani in the book Santa stuffed in my stocking, The Tipping Point.
The book discusses how ideas and trends become popular and uses as one example the dramatic Read More
Before getting into what’s wrong with Malcolm Gladwell, it helps to talk about what’s been right about Malcolm Gladwell. Mr. Gladwell, the nimbus-haired New Yorker reporter specializing in the coverage of ideas, has laid down a significant number of the milestones by which the educated, New Yorker–reading citizen of the year 2006 has found his Read More
Yesterday, New Yorker technical-generalist Malcolm Gladwell used his blog to launch a full attack on the NCAA, describing the hypocrisy and draconian tactics of the college-sports regulatory body.
Gladwell is nothing if not a quick study. A week before, in writing about former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Rhett Bomar, he failed to mention Read More
If you can get past the teacherly, narcissistic tone, read the ongoing debate between Malcolm Gladwell and the authors of Freakonomics about why the crime rate dropped in the 1990′s in major cities (or in New York–that’s part of the debate actually).
To get you started: Gladwell buys James Q. Wilson and George Kelling’s “broken Read More
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. William Morrow, 242 pages. $25.95.
Freakonomics is the latest in a recent genre of nonfiction book that explains in non-stick prose how the world really works, popularizing a science or scientific insight while forever hitting the reader Read More
When supermodel Gisele Bündchen returns from a six-month vacation in her native Brazil, there’s a tony new apartment in the West Village that should ease her transition to Manhattan’s sidewalks and catwalks.
The 22-year-old bombshell closed recently on a $2.925 million duplex penthouse condo on West 11th Street, near the Hudson River.
The 1,858-square-foot Read More