He elicits from readers the kind of polarized reactions usually reserved for talk-radio hosts. How “Talking to Strangers” is received could cement Mr. Gladwell in one of those camps for good. Mr. Gladwell connects his disgust over the off-limits greenery to Bob Hope, Plutarch and the theory of spatiotemporal continuity. meetings. The audiobook merges Mr. Gladwell’s narration with interviews with criminologists, scientists, actors reading court transcripts and a Janelle Monáe song. “You knew the cop in five different ways.”. He lives in a two-story townhouse apartment in the West Village, brimming with books, vintage furniture and a set of eclectic paintings of the Ethiopian Army. But what about the arguments that Gladwell makes in Talking to Strangers? No, I don’t have a media empire. Julia Barton, Pushkin’s executive editor, would send him heavily edited transcripts. As Jennifer Szalai notes in her critical NYTimes review of Talking to Strangers, Gladwell’s books function as something of a Rorschach test.Our reactions to Gladwell’s writing tends to reveal more about ourselves than the text. The “Talking to Strangers” focus on misunderstanding one another raises the obvious question of whether Mr. Gladwell feels misunderstood himself. Mr. We should articulate a set of better ideas. “I’ve never had a particularly thin skin,” he said. On the afternoon I met the author and journalist, I had just listened to an episode in which he interviews an intimidating guest. Rather, Mr. Gladwell asks readers to rethink grim topics like police misconduct, child sexual assault, suicide and campus rape, all through the prism of our often disastrous instinct to trust that the people we meet are telling us the truth. But to Ms. Read by millions — but savaged by critics — the author has a new book on police violence, campus rape and other bleak terrain. Mr. Gladwell loves to remind people that he is Canadian — more specifically, “a short Canadian.” He says this all the time, starting sentences with “The Canadian in me …” and “Growing up in a small town in Canada …”. Yeah, Mr. Gladwell said. “It had to be someone huge for anyone to bother them at the Mercer Hotel!” he said. Nearly 20 years and millions of sales after his nonfiction debut, Mr. Gladwell is at something of a professional tipping point. Credit...Bryan Derballa for The New York Times. True enough. His friends point out that journalists can be especially jealous when one of their own so wildly succeeds. “It’s the opposite of The Times or Slate, when people don’t read an article but say something nasty about the writer or the headline. This is what Mr. Gladwell, in his new book, “Talking to Strangers,” calls “default to truth.” Human beings are by nature trusting — of people, technology, everything. Mr. Gladwell continues to give paid speeches and is a favorite on the cerebral festival circuit. A year later, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman in Texas, was found hanged in her jail cell after a traffic stop, and Mr. Gladwell’s idea crystallized. From this perspective, Talking to Strangers deserves high marks. Knowing how poorly our brains have evolved to make accurate judgments about the motives of people we don’t know is a useful piece of knowledge. Share your thoughts », Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, California State University at Stanislaus, California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Maritime Academy, California State University-Channel Islands, California State University-San Bernardino, Call to Action: Marketing and Communications in Higher Education, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Columbia University in the City of New York, Computer Science / Information Technology, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY Graduate School and University Center, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Development / fund raising / alumni affairs, Doane University-Graduate and Professional Studies, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott, Facilities / auxiliary services / sustainability, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District, Fuller Theological Seminary in California, Gov. And then my audio recorder broke midinterview, and I became a believer.

We should use Gladwell’s chapter on drinking and rape to talk about how we should understand and prevent future assaults. Mick Jagger?

Mr. Gladwell’s flagship show, “Revisionist History,” draws as many as three million listeners per episode — several times the audience that even a top-selling nonfiction title draws in a year. The founder of Starbucks publicly credited his chain’s success with “the tipping-point phenomenon.” Donald Rumsfeld even used the term to describe the teetering status of the war in Iraq. A much better strategy would be to learn from Gladwell. Not so much the substance of what Gladwell writes - we will get to that in a second - but how he practices his craft. In 2013, a Times columnist ended his review bluntly: “It’s time for Malcolm Gladwell to find a new shtick.”. The anti-Gladwell camp complains that his gift for narrative obscures what are, at base, a limited set of mostly banal ideas. We should measure our books not by our agreement with its ideas, but by its power to make us think. Another episode was sparked by a friend’s jog around the perimeter of the exclusive Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles. In many ways, “Talking to Strangers” is Mr. Gladwell’s bleakest work. Last year, he started a podcasting company, Pushkin Industries, with his friend Jacob Weisberg, the former chairman and editor in chief of the Slate Group. For his sixth audiobook, the #1 New York Times audio best-seller Talking to Strangers, he drew on real-life audio–including archival footage and clips from his own interviews—to incorporate the production techniques of a podcast into the audiobook format. Mr. Gladwell, who early in his career wrote a memorable New Yorker takedown of the hiring practices of McKinsey & Company, recognized the irony. Jerry Brown rallying support for Proposition 30 on election eve, Grand Valley State University - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Often, we’re too trusting, with tragic results. Mr. Gladwell became synonymous with an emerging genre of wonky but readable nonfiction. But as Mr. Gladwell’s sales soared — his third book drew a reported $6 million advance — critics didn’t just sour on his work. “It’s a little bit like that.”.

The Bland case opens and closes the book, and Mr. Gladwell said he could have devoted the entire volume to her. I selected the audiobook version because the author usually reads his books, as he did in this one. Can you imagine if journal articles and academic press books were written with half the care and style that Gladwell brings? Readers were captivated by his artful repurposing of academic research, as he repeatedly launched ideas and phrases — “mavens” and “connectors” and “the 10,000-hour rule” — into the lexicon. After graduating from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, he struck out for a job in advertising but ended up in journalism, writing for two conservative magazines. People seemingly so different that they were destined to collide. (Courtesy: University of Akron), University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College, University of Cincinnati-Clermont College, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland University College, University of Massachusetts Medical School, University of North Carolina at Asheville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus. “Each of my books has had moments or chapters of things that were consequential,” he said, “but this is a lot of them. The podcast teases interest in a souped-up “Talking to Strangers” audiobook, which builds an audience for more speeches, which stokes advertisers for the podcasts. But admire the craftsmanship. But if we didn’t suppress thoughts of worst-case scenarios, we’d never leave the house. But he gave the unmistakable impression of being an introverted, maybe even aloof, person who is uncomfortable with elements of his literary celebrity. I counted myself among the skeptics.

“I told them, ‘You know I don’t believe in job interviews, or that you can learn anything meaningful about people in job interviews,’” he said. Bland near the campus of Prairie View A&M University. Will (Name of University) Take These Credits? They started to rip it apart.