« Speaking Tour! | Main | My greatest triumph! »



What is this, Gladwellphobia or what? It seems some people before even reading Malcom's articles set to disagree with him. Roy, in this case, is one of them. Malcom is doing a great and amazing job and though he is not perfect he deserves only justified critisms and unfortunately few are forthcoming. David, Tanzania


Hi Malcolm. When will your next book come out?

JS Hoyer

Pedantic quibble: The full name of the journal Munos published in is "Nature Reviews Drug Discovery". There are various different "Nature Reviews" journals.

Scientist Sailor

The article is good description of the trial and tribulations of drug discover, cancer or otherwise. Howerver, the people who put elesclomol into the clinic are grossly negligent. Those of us who are schooled in the modern way of doing drug discover would realize that molecule is full of functional groups that are known to cause toxicity.


No offense. I just finished reading your chinese version of outlier, sadly that i found two things bothered me very much.

first one is literal issue at chapter 5, section 8. when you are telling the story of the immigration from eastern europe,sometimes you use their first names, sometimes last names. That is confusing for readers.

second is at chapter 8, section 3. when you described chinese acre, you mentioned that one mu (chinese acre) almost equals to one room of hotel. But I couldn't agree with you. 1 chinese acre=666.666667 square meter. which is much bigger than a room of hotel.

Joss Paddock

I just read "The Treatment" and when I got to the last line, I thought, you might have called it "Hope Is A Drug". Perhaps that would be insulting to the field, but it would be a rich multiple-edged lead-in.
I found it refreshing that the article ended in disappointment. So much of your work drips with enthusiasm and success(which is nice). Of course life is full of seeming dead ends too. And then the sun rises.
Personally, I find your voice dependably inspiring.


Sensationalist reporting from Avik Roy methinks!'The Treatment', for me, was an interesting case study in one of two possible drug discovery methods. I'm am under no impression that one method of discovery was preferred over another in the article.
Thanks for 'The Treatment' Malcolm ... an interesting and thoroughly readable article!


Was introduced to your writing from a friend who loaned me "Outliers". I thought it soooo interesting, enlightening, well thought out, well researched and - cool! Bless,



Malcolm, have you looked at this blog. This blog raises serious questions on the Phase I and Phase 2 clinical trials, and I wonder if you looked at it.


no prescription hydrocodon

Maazing stuff, really good ! I alwasy thought that the body is far more important than we give it credit for !

Kyla Love

this comment seems mundane in comparison with above comments but I just want to say how much I love your sense of humour, here as well as in your books. ("I got the impression from from Roy’s piece that he was trying very hard to disagree with me. (Calling his post "Malcolm Gladwell is Wrong," was one clue")

I heard some rumours about a student group at my uni (UBC) trying to recruit you for a speaking engagement. Not sure what the status on that is, but would absolutely LOVE to hear you speak in person.


Naravadee Waravanitcha

I like how you came up with questions. I asked myself and here is my observation:

Why there is only one type of ketchup and many types of mustard may lie in these reasons combined:
1. Children who eat ketchup are not ones who buy it. A child’s tongue can not differentiate good and better ketchup. A child will use whatever ketchup his Mom put in front of him.
2. Liking bitterness is an acquired taste of adult tongue. When you have purchasing power, you have the power to choose to buy what you like.
3. As we become adult, we were taught that adding ketchup to foods is of poor taste if not a crime in high end Italian restaurant. So the only reason a mother would feed her child ketchup is in hope that the ketchup will make her foods taste better and the child will eat more. But as the child is growing, she will slowly and intentionally take the ketchup away from the dining table for reasons cited. I usually wondered why we only like spinach, mushroom, tofu, bean sprouts and all those things that we used to think were nasty as a child after we became adult and I think it’s the teaching that engrained in our subconscious of what’s healthy and what’s not. Also, I think the experienced taste buds of adult grown to like bitterness and other complexity of tastes.
I think because the Mom is the real purchaser of ketchup so the variety of ketchup are those that make sense to the Moms are i.e. organic, non-MSG, non-preservatives, etc. not taste wise.

Then again if you asked so why there're so many types of cereal? Cereal is a "meal" not a "condiment" and eating cereal as we are growing up is never a bad thing. I guess that's why there are "Frosties" and what's that thing.."Wetabix" or seomthing made from whole grain wheat?


I agree with the first post that many critics search for any way they can to discredit Malcolm's work. My guess is a lot of these folks hold themselves in high regard as experts in their fields and don't appreciate Malcolm's theories in Outliers regarding their success or intellect. They will pounce on any little detail they can to deride him. What a shame. Malcolm's approach to problems from a journalistic perspective is extremely refreshing. Keep up the good work.

Rex Galbraith


You are the Spot Light in my most recent post on my blog.

I have a blog dedicated to book reviews. It was my hope that you'd be willing to share a comment about your book outliers.

Thanks for your contribution to good writing!


nike air max 360

All through existence, we depend on little teams of individuals for appreciate, admiration, respect, ethical help and enable. Do you suppose so?

ugg boots

I just clicked over from another site and figured I should take a look around. Like what I see so now I'm following you. Look forward to checking out your some of your posts again.


I agree with the first post that many critics http://www.cngongwen.com


What is QROPS and what exactly can you do with one? here we supply the answers


dear Naravadee Waravanitcha,

regarding your above comment:

my daughter is 6 and she loves spinach, mushrooms, and tofu.

i agree with you that the person in charge of purchasing has a lot to do with what a child chooses to eat, but disagree with your assessment of moms and their relationships with ketchup.

"we" is such a broad term....

Cellphones Boy

I just clicked over from another site and figured I should take a look around. Like what I see so now I'm following you. Thank you for sharing and Keep on posting.

Cellphones Boy

I just clicked over from another site and figured I should take a look around. Like what I see so now I'm following you. Thank you for sharing and Keep on posting.

cheap ugg boots

Can you pleasee provide more details on this subject?? BTW your site is incredible. Sincerely!

viagra online

The restaurant I opened was Italian, and I remember running out of foods like angel hair pasta, which made my tables less than happy with their dinners. There were nights when we seemed to run out of half the menu.


Thanks for all you have done for our country and for our civilization. How does that one of the most compelling criticisms of the drug industry at the moment is that it has gone too far in the rational direction really work?

wedding dresses

I just clicked over from another site and figured I should take a look around. Like what I see so now I'm following you. Thank you for sharing and Keep on posting.

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo


  • I'm a writer for the New Yorker magazine, and the author of four books, "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference", "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" and "Outliers: The Story of Success." My latest book, "What the Dog Saw" is a compilation of stories published in The New Yorker. I was born in England, and raised in southwestern Ontario in Canada. Now I live in New York City.

    My great claim to fame is that I'm from the town where they invented the BlackBerry. My family also believes (with some justification) that we are distantly related to Colin Powell. I invite you to look closely at the photograph above and draw your own conclusions.

My Website


  • What the Dog Saw

    buy from amazon


    buy from amazon

    buy from amazon UK


    buy from amazon

    buy from amazon UK

    Tipping Point

    buy from amazon

Recent Articles

Blog powered by Typepad