I'm posting so very late today because I was somewhere all day away from the computer. A very weird day. I wasn't able to draw where I was (not enough light). But I was able to read (just enough light). I spent all day, with constant interruptions, reading Malcolm Gladwell's new book Outliers: The Story of Success.
I first became aware of Gladwell's writing because I subscribe to the New Yorker and is on the magazine staff. Because of his articles I read Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, then went back and read The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
I could go on and on about Gladwell, but it's late, I'm tired, and I only have a small portion of this book left to read, and boy do I want to finish it. So this is what I'll say about Gladwell—he always seems to find curious things that most people take for granted. And then he looks at them again because he is curious. And then he writes engaging prose to explain what he has discovered, so that you can learn it too all the while showing you the connections you might not have seen before in the broad topic.
My copies of his books are filled with underlinings and marginal notes of all the other things he makes me think of that relate to what he is talking about: things from my life, things that I've learned that now make sense, little bits of knowledge that have been rattling around in my brain and now have a home, a context. It's just plain fun to read his books. Like having a really good dinner companion with whom to chat.
I think his books are important too. If you want to live in the current world you need to read them. Even if you are going to disagree with him. Either way, go read them. His books have at their core an overwhelming sense of the positive. Knowledge and understanding matter, and change is possible if you have knowledge.
While you're at the bookstore pick up the May 11 issue of the New Yorker and check out his article on Davids vs. Goliaths. He was on NPR being interviewed yesterday or the day before about this article and I couldn't wait for it to arrive, but by the time I had arrived back home and walked to the postbox it was THERE!