Archives for Malcolm Gladwell



Your Input Needed: Hunting the Black Swan

“Ferreting out antilogics is an exhilarating activity.” Do you agree with the above sentence? If so, you will probably enjoy the writing of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a polymathic gentleman whose new book is called The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Here’s how its dust jacket succinctly describes the thesis: “A black swan […] Read More »



A quiz for econ graduate students, or anyone else with too much time on his or her hands

Usually our quizzes are more on the whimsical side, but here is a serious one that requires a real investment of time. Some academics (at most one out of the three is an economist) in the United Kingdom recently published a paper in a journal called Applied Economics claiming that a 1 percent increase in […] Read More »



Capitalize on Whose Success?

A friend spotted this book in a store the other day, and thought it bore a certain resemblance to another book he’d seen. I have to say, I don’t get what a dollar bill has to do with an apple. But I was particularly tickled by the title: This is not the first book cover […] Read More »



Guess what bestselling nonfiction book the new manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays is reading? (Hint: It isn't Moneyball)

And, actually, it isn’t Freakonomics either. It is Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. My good friend Jimmy Golen, a sportswriter for the AP, forwarded me this interview with Joe Maddon, the new manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Q: Are you doodling lineups, doodling rotations – JOE MADDON: You know what? No, not yet. We’re talking […] Read More »



Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Schelling

I’ve changed addresses 10 times since I graduated from college. And each time I’ve moved, I’ve looked at the battered old box of college notebooks and debated whether it was time to throw the box out. After all, it has been more than 15 years and the box has never once been opened. Thomas Schelling […] Read More »



Gladwell on the Ivy League

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest piece in the New Yorker is interesting as always. It is about Ivy League admissions. I particularly like this quote (especially the last sentence): The Ivy League schools justified their emphasis on character and personality, however, by arguing that they were searching for the students who would have the greatest success after […] Read More »



We will happily sign any and all copies of "The Tipping Point" and "Blink"

Malcolm Gladwell sent me the following e-mail the other day: thought you would enjoy this. a man in the security line at toronto airport today recognized me, pulled out a copy of freakonomics, and made me sign it. we are totally co-branded! cheers, m. For what it is worth, neither Dubner or Levitt has ever […] Read More »



Sir Malcolm Gladwell

Not that Malcolm Gladwell needs us to blog about him. He only happens to have the #1 ranked book on both the New York Times hardcover and paperback lists (Blink and The Tipping Point respectively). Those are the two most interesting and entertaining books I have read in the last five years. And his New […] Read More »