Gladwell on writing

I like Malcolm Gladwell. His writing is engaging and he is able to link lots of disparate things together into a cohesive big idea. His books are interesting. I commend them to you…

This article doesn’t really. It goes close. It’s examining the phenomena that is Malcolm Gladwell.

It contains a quote from Gladwell about what writing is. I liked it.

“Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade… It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head–even if in the end you conclude that someone else’s head is not a place you’d really like to be.”

Speaking of good writing – I read through the first year and a half of my blog yesterday at work. It was not good writing. I thought about deleting it all. Just in case you’ve ever stumbled through the archives.

2 thoughts on “Gladwell on writing”

  1. It's nice to know that others have the same feeling about their blogs' archives. I shut down two successive blogs because I couldn't bear to continue posting on a blog that had such a history of vapidity and inelegance.

  2. I really like the post about good writing. Very true.

    In our little discussion about logos vs pathos, there were times where I wonder if you philosophically distanced yourself from this position somewhat.

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