What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed...more
There are quite a few criticism I could make of these articles. Gladwell is a storyteller and sometimes lets telling a good story take precedence over reality. In his case, this usually means making all of the pieces fit together just so, instead of revealing the messy way that the w...more
Why is he so amazing, might you ask? I'll tell you. Malcolm Gladwell has this amazing ability in his writing to find things tha...more
— Merlin Mann
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What The Dog Saw is a series of catchy social-science essays by Malcom Gladwell, best known for his long-form books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. The book's essays are culled from a decade worth of his writing in The New Yorker.
I'm on the fence about Malcolm Gladwell. On one hand, his books are thought-provoking and enjoyable. O...more
The reasoning in “Outliers,” which consists of cherry-picked anecdotes, post-hoc sophistry and false...more
One of the most imaginative non-fiction writers of our times, a man who not has had 3 best sellers and a title to die for (being judged as the Time magazine’s 100 most influential people) – his strength is his innate ability to make his read...more
Several articles were of special interest to me, such as, Gladwell's explanation as to why we put so much faith in mammography in the fight against breast cancer when...more
1.) The Pitchman is a about a salesman.
2.) The Ketchup Conundrum is about how tastes are developed and how people deal with challenges to that developed taste.
3.) Blowing Up is about investment strategy, it's kind of boring.
4.) True Colors. This is about hair dye and advertising. I liked it.
5.) John Rock's Error. This was about birth control. He raises some interesting points, but I don't know if I agree with all...more
What the Dog Saw is a collection of essays by Malcom Gladwell, all of which were originally published in The New Yorker. The essays are divided into three sections. The first is about what Gladwell calls "obsessives and minor geniuses," the second is about theories, and the third is about predictions about people. Now, because these latter two sections are themed so specifically...the book gets a bit repetitive.
The first section is great...more
You must have used ketchup. Some people can’t eat food without it. But have you ever ‘thought’ about it? Why it is so universally eminent and quintessential to fast food? Is it because of the taste or color or is there something else. And Why does it tastes same almost ev...more
Malcolm has written some wonderful sociology/psychology books. My favorites are: David and Goliath, Blink, and Outliers. I suggest reading those first. Then if you’re in the mood for more, go for The Tipping Point and this book. Not everything he says is irrefutable fact. Some of his information is anecdotal. But he raises good questions. I think what he says is true, even though opposite or different views may be true. This bo...more
Despite some very weak sourcing for his articles (i.e. none), there is something about his writing style that makes you really care about the subject matte...more
Karen A. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: business, nonfiction, pop-psyche, sociology
In What the Dog Saw, Gladwell offers a treasure chest of gems, each shining brightly on their own. In each essay, Gladwell usually starts with one puzzling situation and then adds information and other narratives to complicate the topic. Then the first situation resurf...more
However, that being said, it becomes old hat. The same calm, well-paced article tends to get boring, even if the subject matter is different. I've gotten used to it.
What the Dog Saw is a grou...more
I must say, that though I am glad I listened to the audio book, I doubt I would've finished the book if I were reading it. I found this collection of New Yorker pieces to be far inferior to Gladwell's books.
Without a true unifying theme these stories feel disjointed and often pointless. Some go into great detail only to end abruptly with l...more
What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century? In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: "The Tipping Point"; "Blink"; and "Outliers." Now, in "What the Dog Saw", he brings together, for the first...more
In "The Ketchup Conundrum" essay of this book, Malcom Gladwell deconstructs ketchup in an attempt to fathom why its composition--unlike that of its mustard condiment counterpart--has stayed the same the throughout the years. The secret behind ketchup's success rests in its precise combination of ingredients which together hit all of the "primal buttons" of the tongue, producing a high amplitude, full sensory experience.
Malcom Gladwell's writing in _What the Dog Saw_pro...more
The insights that emerge from his essays represent clear and novel thinking applied to situations where there is often a predominant way of thinking that is blinding practitioners, policy makers, and others from seeing the clear solutions that Gladwell presents.
Some examples of the insights that resonated with me include the following....more
My Thoughts: This was my first extended experience with Malcolm Gladwell, whose longer form books I keep seeing everywhere (Blink, Outliers). His very ubiquity (is that even a word? It seems like it is.) made him an author that I thought I should try. Because I’m also a big fan of essays, I thought this b...more
The one thing that I will say for Malcolm Gladwell is that I am rarely bored. In fact, I am often interested in things and concepts that I never even knew existed before hearing them through his eyes. I have certainly heard the discussions that Gladwell is glib, plays fast and loose with facts, and often knows just enough about a topic to write his essay and not an ounce more, yet I am willing to overlook all of that for the interesting facts and strange details that he shares. A...more