malcolm gladwell

In Defense of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Oversimplifying” Journalism

We’re in the middle, or maybe it’s the tail end, of a Malcolm Gladwell backlash. Sure, his books still sell in the kind of numbers that your average author only sees in his wildest dreams. Sure, he may be responsible for that entire field now known, somewhat dubiously, as “ideas” journalism. He may even be indirectly responsible for the über-popularity of TED Talks, which seem to take their inspiration from the Gladwellian “chew-it-up-and-spit-out-an-idea” oeuvre. But among what today passes for the intelligentsia, he’s come under fire. … Read More

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10 Must-Read Books for October

Autumn is new-book season, and as we wind our way into the days when the trees begin shedding, the Halloween decorations start going up, and the air becomes cooler, October offers up some of the year’s most anticipated titles. This month’s crop includes Jonathan Franzen teaching the masses about Karl Kraus, a Philip Roth reader, a new Elizabeth Gilbert novel, and a handful of other great books to help ease us from Indian Summer into straight-up sweater weather. … Read More

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Malcolm Gladwell Clarifies His 10,000-Hour Rule

In case you’re still thinking about that thing Malcolm Gladwell said in his 2008 book Outliers about it taking 10,000-hours to… Read More

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The 12 Best ‘New Yorker’-Related Books

Founded in 1925 by Harold Ross and his wife Jane Grant, The New Yorker is published 47 times annually, with five of those issues covering two-week spans. While the magazine has its weaknesses (a

55 Short Stories from the New Yorker

It’s sort of scary to think that the magazine has been putting out great… Read More

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10 Beautiful Literary Box Sets

This week, we caught our first peek at the beautiful American paperback edition of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, arranged as a mini box set and designed by John Gall (the guy behind pretty much all of the American paperbacks of Murakami’s books). Since Chip Kidd’s hardcover design was so amazing, we have to say that we’re impressed and excited that the paperback version is living up to it. To tide us over until the book is actually in our hands, we’ve taken a look at a few other beautiful box sets — from the simple to the extravagant — that we totally covet for our shelves. Click through to drool along with us, and let us know if we missed your favorite in the comments. … Read More

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15 Gorgeous Book Cover Redesigns

This week, the always excellent Everyman’s Library released a gorgeous new printing of Phillip Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. Not only is it a beautiful edition, but it’s the first time that the three books have been published in one volume, so it is quite a neat little package. Inspired by Pullman’s wonderfully evocative new cover, we’ve collected a few other utterly gorgeous book cover redesigns for your viewing pleasure. Many of these are full backlist redesigns — after all, there’s something magical about a set of books designed to be together — but all of them are, we think, rather glorious. Click through to feast your eyes on these redesigned books, and let us know if we’re missed any of your favorites in the comments! … Read More

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How to Read Like Some of Your Favorite Writers

The Atlantic Wire just posted the most recent installment of their always fascinating Media Diet feature, and this week’s subject is none other than self-proclaimed “reading junkie” Margaret Atwood. The Canadian literary diva reveals that “she [doesn't] like news too early in the day,” reads before bed even though it has been known to give her nightmares, and subscribes to too many magazines — most of them literary. While we find these details fascinating, we’re always more interested in combing through the column to find out what books our favorite writers are reading. Click through to find out what’s currently on Atwood’s bedside table, as well as some other reading suggestions culled from recent contributors in the archive. … Read More

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10 Writers' Unruly, Manly Manes

We were a little bit late in reading Jorian Polis Schutz’s analysis of manly manes in the last issue of Cabinet, titled “Barbers and Barbarians,” but we’re glad we did. Schultz writes, “The savage impulse must withstand the perennial opposition of forces for shortness — for there is always a national mythology of hair to grow out of and into.” This got us thinking about great writers’ hairstyles through time, from ancient Greek poets to the conceited French intellectuals of today. If hair doth make the man, then the following writers stand against the grain in these times, acting as iconoclastic reminders that one can still be manly (perhaps even more so) with an irrepressible hairdo. So let your hair down and enjoy the following modern scribes’ tangled tresses. … Read More

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What Are the 10 Best Nonfiction Essays of the Past 50 Years?

There were innumerable notable essays written between 1961 and today. However, even though it’s a crazy idea to attempt to make a top ten list of the pieces that shaped the era, that’s what we do at Flavorpill — so go with it, and tell us what we left out in the comments section below. This post was inspired by the University of Iowa’s nonfiction Essay Prize, which is “given each year to the work that best exemplifies the art of essaying — inquiry, experimentation, discovery, and change.” Get more details on the 2011 nominees here. … Read More

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