Literary Birthday - 3 September - Malcolm Gladwell

Happy Birthday, Malcolm Gladwell, born 3 September 1963


  1. Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.
  2. It is quite possible for people who have never met us and who have spent only twenty minutes thinking about us to come to a better understanding of who we are than people who have known us for years.
  3. There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.
  4. Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.
  5. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.
  6. We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.
  7. We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.
  8. We need to be clear when we venerate entrepreneurs. They are not moral leaders. If they were moral leaders, they wouldn’t be great businessmen.
  9. It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether or not our work fulfills us. Being a teacher is meaningful.
  10. Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.

Gladwell is an English-Canadian journalist, best-selling author, and speaker. He has written four New York Times Best Selling Books: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big DifferenceBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,Outliers: The Story of Success, and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures.

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Literary Birthday - 20 December - David Levine

Happy Birthday, David Levine, born 20 December 1926, died 29 December 2009

Levine was an American artist and illustrator best known for his caricatures inThe New York Review of Books. Jules Feiffer called him ‘the greatest caricaturist of the last half of the 20th Century.’ 

Clockwise (from top left): Jay McInerney, Toni Morrison, Jonathan Safran Foer, Hilary Mantel, Malcolm Gladwell, Isabel Allende, Philip Pullman, Nicole Krauss, Edward St Aubyn (centre)

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