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30 December 2013 @ 05:41 am
Gladwell All Over  
Seems like everybody's mad at Malcolm Gladwell for David and Goliath. They complain about the facile moralizing and sloppy detail work, and put him on lists with the likes of Thomas Friedman and Richard Cohen. Me, I felt that way about Outliers and find this one a little less annoying and with more good parts.

Carol Tavris, the author of The Mismeasure of Woman, pointed out that there's no money in books about the similarities between the sexes. Likewise, there's no money in books about how people can succeed if they have ability, so Gladwell takes the opposite tack and tells us some enjoyable stuff along the way. My favorite part may not be something he intended. We learn that the president of Goldman Sachs is a pushy prick who can't read and lied his way into at least his first job. It's no less than I expected of the organization.
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Christine Quinonesbugsybanana on December 30th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
Lloyd Blankfein, I presume? I get pissed about him because he's originally from East New York, my old neighborhood, so to me he's like the local kid who doesn't remember where he came from.

Have you read Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone article on the Goldman "vampire squid?" Blankfein ended up in the right place.
El Coyote Gordo: vampire squidsupergee on December 30th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Gary Cohn, but I imagine the Vampire Squid has a number of them. (I like Taibbi's article.)
chasing the soul: catreadingwainnovapsyche on December 31st, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
You posted this, then I read in my local rag that Gladwell is to speak here in town about his new book. Of course, not having read it & not wanting to plunk down $15-150 to hear his version of it, I plan to skip the occasion.