Recently, in a shopping mall, I spotted a copy of Malcolm Gladwell‘s book, Outliers, for sale at HMV. It’s hard to believe it, but Gladwell must be the first business book author who is truly a rock star.
That wasn’t the only time I have felt this way about Gladwell. A few weeks prior to the shopping mall incident, I was on a flight and a female flight attendant was talking to another female passenger who was sitting one row behind me, and the conversation went something like this:
Flight attendant: Did you read his latest book?
Passenger: No, I bought it, but I’m reading Blink first. Do you have the new one? Is it any good?
Flight attendant: He is so fascinating and writes in such an accessible way. He’s also very cute. He flies with us from time to time, and he’s always so nice and polite. On top of that, he’s an amazing dresser and he has the coolest hair.
That’s Malcolm Gladwell (he is very dreamy). He’s reached Bono-like status in pop culture and his star power continues to soar. Just in time for the holidays, he released a new book, What The Dog Saw, which is a compilation of his essays from The New Yorker. Earlier this week, C-SPAN spent an hour with Gladwell. It’s well-worth watching: