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January 6th, 2011
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Privilege, genius and success according to Malcolm Gladwell
 I've discovered Malcolm Gladwell and decided that I like what he has to say a lot:

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From:lizardek
Date:January 6th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
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He's awesome...his books are excellent!
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From:bezigebij
Date:January 6th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
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Yes, I want to read them now.
From:tkn1114
Date:January 7th, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)

So educate me since I did vvatch the clip because YOU posted it :-.)

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I vvant you to knovv that I normally vvould never give this sort "Charlie Rose" vvaste of time idle talk for people vvho have nothing better to do vvith their time than go to these talks the time of day. But because you posted the clip and give it a thumb up, I listened.

Because you said you liked, I sat there and listened to the vvhole thing (Ok, I skimmed through it after the first 5 minutes vvhen I finally realized vvhat this vvas about :-.D). But I think I got the gist. So I vvant to knovv vvhat you think is so great about this guy and vvhat is it about vvhat he says that you and I don't already knovv? That Capitalization is key to Success? That Genius is useless vvithout Determination? VVhat did I miss that I should remain so flabergastedly unimpressed? :-.0)

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The 92 St Y is a venue that hosts some of the most boring talks that pseudo-intellectual junkies flock to hear because they're tired of hearing themselves and the other talk at happy hours so they pay to hear somebody else talk about the same things they're tired of talking about at happy hours at the bar. It's a sort of "alternative" masturbation, if I may be so rude :-.B I vvent to see that French novelist vvhat-his-name vvho vvon the Nobel Prize for literature a couple of years back at the 92 St Y and thought it vvas a vvaste of my money.

Has this vvorld become so bored and banal that someone like this guy is considered "interesting"? He is a vvriter for the Nevv Yorker, for god's sake! That he is an international best-selling author by making observations of the obvious and sell it to a public that thinks he's one of the smartest/cleverest people around is a clear reflection of that public's state of mind far more than that of the guy. On any given day in NYC, you can vvalk into a bar in Tribeca or around NYU or near Columbia or even in Soho these days and, of course, the Lovver East Side - eternal hood of the clever and the hip, and find truckloads of smart but bland as spit people dressed in the same bland as spit manner like these 2 guys in this talk do getting on an uproar about nothing or "unconsequential clever talk" just like these 2 guys in this talk do! They're less than a dime a dozen, vvell-educated (or, more specifically, vvell-trained to do vvhat they do), make plenty of money, live in expensive, lofty apts in prime areas of tovvn, but usually have minimal taste, and mostly have nothing better to do after vvork than hang out at the bar vvith people like themselves and talk about stuff like this. They used to go to Tom Stoppard's plays in the era of Jeff Koons :-.D I hesitate to tell you vvhere they hung out aftervvards.

I don't knovv. In these days of Lady Gaga and people like this vvho are best-sellers or considered "cream of the crop", I don't knovv, man.

OK. So novv that I've said my peace, tell me vvhat I missed? And please don't hate me for being rude or forgive me if you do, because I love you :-.b
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From:bezigebij
Date:January 7th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)

Re: So educate me since I did vvatch the clip because YOU posted it :-.)

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No, not rude, interesting.

It makes think about why exactly his ideas and the way he presnts them appeal to me. It is true that what he is saying is not revolutionary, a lot of it are ideas I am already familiar with, this is true. So why did I finish watching his talk on TED, where he tells us how Howard Moschowitz, who revolutionalized the way the food industry worked when he told Pepsi that they were wrong, they shouldn't be searching for the perfect Pepsi but the perfect Pepsis, because people don't all want the same things that if we aim for the average, we wind up with noone being displeased but no one being ecstatically happy. Is that idea so revolutionary? No. But the way he told the story, the simpicity with which he linked ideas and made them accessible, he had me hooked and I went on to listen to a number of his videos.

I like the way he talks. His sincerity. The way he doesn't try to seem smarter than heis, doesn't claim or pretend to know things he doesn't. He is modest. It feels like he is really looking for the answers, really trying to figure out how things work. To me is seems like the furthest thing from intellectual mastrubation. To me it doesn't seem like he is trying to gratify himself, but like he is trying to learn and want to do this by writing down his ideas, talking about them, discussing them.

I can picture sitting across the table from him and having a conversation, and somehow trust and feel that he would sincerely be interested in what I have to say, and want to learn from me as well. Does that sound strange?

Also, very honestly, something about him reminds me of my first love, the curly bushy hair, the long futtering fingers, the urgency to learn. I'm intrigued and attracted and I am pretty sure if I knew him in real life I would have a crush on him. Go figure.
From:tkn1114
Date:January 8th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)

Re: So educate me since I did vvatch the clip because YOU posted it :-.)

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I like the way he talks. His sincerity.

There might have been a degree of sincerity. But there's something about this guy that's so typical of this type of person I see all the time in NYC that grates my nerves. Maybe it's his education. They all talk the same vvay about the same thing! Noam Chomsky once said this: "Having a certain American education is going to shape you in a vvay that you cannot escape it. It stains you." :-.D (paraphrasing, of course).

The way he doesn't try to seem smarter than heis, doesn't claim or pretend to know things he doesn't.

If you say so. By my 1st impression is that he's full of useless trivia and small talk. He puts forth a lot of generalities and make them sound like researched data/facts (the months of the year drafted hockey players are born??? This is fact?). And then he says "I can never remember vvhat I said before". Then he talks about people knovvingly vvhom he admits he has never met and throvvs out the disclaimer "I've never met him" to cover himself. Do you see vvhat I mean? VVhich of vvhat he's saying is FACT and vvhich is SPECULATION? I don't have a problem vvith speculation for fun and clever talk, but don't make it sound like facts people should seriously believe in.

He is modest.

I don't knovv about this, either. I thought it vvas the usual thinly-veiled pompousness of that knovv-it-all NY-educated staff vvriter at the Nevv Yorker at the bar LOL He came across as a passionate salesman of his stuff, and the sincerity may stem from the fact that he doesn't even realize it.

It feels like he is really looking for the answers, really trying to figure out how things work. To me is seems like the furthest thing from intellectual mastrubation. To me it doesn't seem like he is trying to gratify himself, but like he is trying to learn and want to do this by writing down his ideas, talking about them, discussing them.

Ok. I'll keep an open mind. But he's got a long vvay to vvin me over.

I can picture sitting across the table from him and having a conversation, and somehow trust and feel that he would sincerely be interested in what I have to say, and want to learn from me as well. Does that sound strange?

No. Because you can be sure that's hovv I feel about you. I can only hope you feel the same about me. I'm alvvays interested in vvhat you have to say!


Also, very honestly, something about him reminds me of my first love, the curly bushy hair, the long futtering fingers, the urgency to learn. I'm intrigued and attracted and I am pretty sure if I knew him in real life I would have a crush on him. Go figure.

THAT'S IT!!! THAT MUST BE IT! :-,D VVomen are so impressionable! LOL JUST KIDDING! He does have pretty fingers. I noticed that, too. The big curly hair does nothing for me. Only Yevgeny Kissin gets avvay vvith that kind of hair vvith me!

Gladvvell comes across to me as someone vvho has more of the urgency to TALK! Although, admittedly, there is some sort of vveird nerdy charm there.

He makes fun of Jevvs (I don't care about that) from Brooklyn (I DO care about that). Miao! Hovv dare he, from Canada! :-,)

The irreconcilable deal breaker: As a kid, he vvas a fan of VVilliam Buckley = O, DEAR GOD! NO. FAIL.

Because I am the president of the unofficial Gore Vidal US and international fan clubs.


Thanks for replying via car phone. I feel important :-,B or I'm supposed to according to my brother.

You are loved :-,D
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From:bezigebij
Date:January 7th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)

Re: So educate me since I did vvatch the clip because YOU posted it :-.)

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Excuses for the typos, I wrote this from my telephone.
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