Malcolm Gladwell has 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, including "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference," (2000) , "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" (2005), and "Outliers: The Story of Success" (2008) all of which were number one New York Times bestsellers. His latest book, "What the Dog Saw" (2009) is a compilation of stories published in The New Yorker.
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. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York City.
Embracing messiness and understanding that it is a contribution to the creative process is something that writers and creative types have got to cultivate.
Malcolm Gladwell: It drives me crazy when people in the technological sphere inflate the importance of the kind of tinkering they do with these sort of software gadgets that they come up with.
Malcolm Gladwell: I don’t know why we run from explanations of success that include a healthy dose of serendipity.
We always fall back on this notion that the rest of the world is somehow the way that we are.
"Do I want to spend time with this idea or this person?
Choking is honorable failure and panicking is dishonorable failure. It’s important to maintain a line between those two things.
An inventor from the Jersey Boardwalk, Popeil's great genius was to make the whole world care about something that previously only weirdly obsessed aficionados of kitchen gadget had cared about.