telling minor stories to avoid a major one


Bookdown: No. 4 by Barbecue Bros
March 12, 2009, 1:35 pm
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4. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (2007, 320 pp) – Blink is a fascinating book that asserts that sometimes the best decisions aren’t necessarily made when backed by a ton of information and analysis. Sometimes, the difference between making a good decision and bad one is to be able to filter out extraneous details before making that decision. Gladwell uses specific instances from different arenas of the world – art, psychology, politics, media, marketing, military and so on – to illustrate this main point. As I read the book, I enjoyed that Gladwell builds upon each story he presents and constantly refers back to them as he makes further points in the book. I enjoy his intelligent, articulate style of writing, and the only time he lost me was when he made continual reference to the different muscles of the face when discussing facial expressions (though I do see how it may have been necessary). While I won’t dive right into his more recent book Outliers, I look forward to reading it in a few weeks.

Currently reading: Love Monkey by Kyle Smith

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