The story of a prolific writer
He's been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996.
His 1999 profile of Ron Popeil won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of four books all of which were number one New York Times bestsellers.
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Malcolm was born September 3, 1963. He is a British-born Canadian journalist, author, and pop sociologist based in New York City.
His father, Graham, was a a civil engineering professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo and his mother, Joyce, a Jamaican-born psychotherapist. Born in the United Kingdom, raised in Elmira, Ontario, Canada and now works in the United States as a writer at The New Yorker.
He has a history degree from the University of Toronto's Trinity College in 1984. While in high school, he was a great middle distance runner at the 1,500 meter race.
I guess you could say he was bred in Canada like I was but I didn't migrate like him.
He completed an internship with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. His role model as a writer was his mother who published a book titled Brown Face, Big Master in 1969.
Are you born a writer or do you learn the skills?
Malcolm wrote for The American Spectator, a conservative monthly. Then from 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business, science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. Since 1996 more than 14 years, he's been a staff writer for The New Yorker.
Don't you think that over the years he's mastered his craft as a writer.
Writng is not always easy. You try to find the right word to say to make your reqader understand your thoughts.
His books—The Tipping Point (2000) and Blink (2005)—were international bestsellers. Both works were substantially serialized in The New Yorker. Gladwell received a one million dollar advance for The Tipping Point, which went on to sell over two million copies in the United States.
Blink sold equally well. His third book, Outliers: The Story of Success, was released on November 18, 2008.
A marketing campaign and a free book
All the pieces in his latest book, What the Dog Saw, are available free of charge on Gladwell's website. It bundles together his favourite articles from the New Yorker since he joined it as a staff writer in 1996.
To buy or not to buy ?
The decision of whether to buy the book or to read the content for free of charge is a Gladwellian dilemna. You may be part of a social marketing campaign (experiment) to sell more of his books.
His experiment is working. The book is a national hardcover bestseller.
Any way, he's an amazing writer and well worth the read. I've read his first 3 books and enjoyed them thoroughly.
Malcolm Gladwell's books and articles often deal with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of sociology, psychology, and social psychology.
He has, however, received criticism from academics for his sampling methods, as well as his tendency to imply causation between events where only correlation exists.
His first book, The Tipping Point, discusses the potentially massive implications of small-scale social events, while his second book, Blink, explains how the human subconscious interprets events or cues and how past experiences allow people to make informed decisions very rapidly.
In Outliers, he examines how a person's environment affects his or her possibility and opportunity for success.
Gladwell has stated, "The hope with Tipping Point was it would help the reader understand that real change was possible. With Blink, I wanted to get people to take the enormous power of their intuition seriously. My wish with Outliers is that it makes us understand how much of a group project success is. When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It's because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances".
In 2005, Time named Malcolm Gladwell one of its 100 most influential people. In 2007, he received the American Sociological Association's first Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues. Also in 2007, Gladwell received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Waterloo.
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