Outliers

# reading

We just started reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers at my office book club. In the first two chapters, Gladwell says the book is about the concept of success. I think the thesis is that conditions predict success more than ones’ individial determination does. So far, it’s compelling.

In my feature writing class at King’s Journalism, we read Gladwell’s essay on ketchup. It was really fantastic, and it has always stuck with me. At the same time, I’m sceptical of Gladwell’s pop philosophy and his weird political views. On the whole, I had written off Gladwell, but after 30 pages of reading, I’m reminded that he is a very engaging writer, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the book.

© Sam Littlefair, 2022