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‘The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People’ Takes on Malcolm Gladwell: VIDEO

Thingstarter, a popular Kickstarter parody series from online comedy video network Above Average, has created a humorous video series called, “The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People.”

The series is a satirical animation about “smart people.” The latest episode is on author Malcolm Gladwell. We’ve embedded the video above for your entertainment.

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Authors Unite in Full Page NY Times Ad Against Amazon

authorlistMore than 900 authors including Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins have signed a letter calling readers to email Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and ask him to end the company’s dispute with Hachette.

“We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers,” reads the letter published under the name Authors United.

The anti-Amazon letter ran as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The ad campaign was spearheaded by thriller author Douglas Preston. Here is more from the letter: Read more

‘Humans of New York’ Blogger Photographs Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm GladwellHumans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton has photographed David & Goliath author Malcolm Gladwell (pictured, via). Follow this link to see Gladwell’s picture.

Stanton posted the photo on Facebook and it has received more than 131,000 “likes.” When Stanton asked if Gladwell could share a piece of advice, he replied: “Change your mind about something significant every day.”

Some of Stanton’s past subjects from the literary community include editor Yaniv Soha, literary agent Brian DeFiore, and PostSecret book series author Frank Warren. What do you think?

Malcolm Gladwell Shares Writing Advice in Reddit AMA

2d27f8963a986976120668a20215457cAuthor Malcolm Gladwell didn’t set out to be a journalist.

During a Reddit AMA session today, he revealed his professional experience and gave advice for aspiring writers. “I got into journalism by accident. I couldn’t get a job in advertising! My advice to anyone starting out is figure out what you WANT to write about first. What really interests you? All the best writing comes from passion.”

During the online conversation, he also revealed that he does a ton of interviews but he doesn’t always use them all. “I would say that probably half of the interviews I do end up on the cutting room floor–or, at least, are used in later articles,” he wrote. “The purpose of reserach is to cast as wide a net as possible. I tend to start researching something with only the vaguest idea in mind of where I want to end up. It’s a mistake to make up your mind too soon.”

Fast Food Gets Literary: Jonathan Safran Foer Curates Writing For Chipotle Packaging

chipotlebagsYou might think that eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill is a little bit low brow. But they want to change that. The fast food chain is now featuring original essays written by influential writers on its restaurant packaging.

The author series is called “Cultivating Thought.” Jonathan Safran Foer curated the list of contributors. Participating writers will include:  Judd ApatowSheri FinkMalcolm GladwellBill HaderMichael LewisToni MorrisonSteve PinkerGeorge Saunders and Sarah Silverman. The pieces are all meant to be read in two minutes. The idea is to entertain people while they are scarfing down a burrito.

Here is an excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s Two-Minute Barn-Raising:

I grew up in Canada, in an area of Ontario where there is a large community of Old-Order Mennonites. “Old Orders,” as they are known, are a religious group who live as if the 20th century never happened. They avoid electricity, drive horses and buggies, leave school at 16, and bail hay by hand. They dress in plain black and white, with straw hats over clean-shaven faces, and when a neighbor’s barn burns down, they gather as a community to put it back up. When I was little, not long after we moved to Ontario, my father heard about a barn-raising down the road. He decided to join in.

Plagiarism Scandal Pits Lemony Snicket Against Malcolm Gladwell

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In honor of April Fool’s Day, a plagiarism scandal has ignited between Lemony Snicket and Malcolm Gladwell.

According to a press release posted on Snicket’s website, Gladwell’s latest book David & Goliath contains original material sourced from Snicket’s new book File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. To back up his accusations, Snicket has shared “evidence” on his website to support his claims.

Publishers Weekly sought after Snicket for a comment and he gave the following statement: “Every time I blink Malcolm Gladwell steals from me like an outright outlier. I’ve reached the tipping point. It’s like an old biblical story I can’t think of right now.” Gladwell himself has given this response: “Mr. Snicket is asking All The Wrong  Questions. He better watch out, or this will turn into a series of something or other.”

Amy Poehler Named 2014 Honorary Chairperson for World Book Night U.S.

amyGolden Globe-winning comedienne Amy Poehler has been named the 2014 honorary chairperson for World Book Night U.S.

Poehler (pictured, via) gave this statement in the press release: “I grew up loving books. In today’s digital world, it’s more important than ever to know how it feels to have a good book in your hands. I’m thrilled to be part of World Book Night.”

The organizers plan to kick off April 23rd with an author event at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Some of the writers set to appear include Malcolm Gladwell, Garrison Keillor, and Walter Dean Myers.

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Judge Sentences Fugitive to Read Malcolm Gladwell

gladwellAs part of her punishment for aiding the Earth Liberation Front in burning $40 million worth of property, ecoterrorist Rebecca Rubin has been sentenced to read David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and  Nature’s Trust by Mary Christina Wood.U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken also ordered Rubin to serve 5 years in prison and pay $13 million in restitution.

Aiken apologized for her actions in a letter in which she also detailed how she became an animal rights activist after reading books as a child. Here is an excerpt:

For as long as I can remember, I have been sensitive to the suffering of animals. My favorite books as a child were Charlotte’s Web and Beautiful Joe, both which centre on mistreated non-human protagonists. I gave my grade seven speech on cruelty to animals, and I read and wrote on environmental and animal issues throughout middle and high school.My whole life I wanted (or wished I was) a veterinarian, and were it not for the cruelty inflicted on animals in the schooling, I believe that I would have pursued that goal. (Via NBC News).

2013 TED Presentations from Writers

ted logoDo you need a boost of inspiration for 2014? We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks throughout the past year.

Our list includes That Summer in Paris author Abha DawesarDavid & Goliath author Malcolm Gladwell, Blooming Twig Books editor-in-chief Kent GustavsonVideo Night in Kathmandu novelist Pico Iyer, and Macmillan CEO John Sargent.

For more talks, the TED organization has created a playlist for “word nerds” called “Words, words, words.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?
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Hachette Book Group U.S. Sales Up 11% in Q3

hachetteLagardère Publishing’s net sales reached about $563 million in the third quarter, up 6.6 percent from last year. The Hachette Book Group’s US sales specifically were up 11 percent year-over-year.
The publisher had 191 print and 73 eBooks on the New York Times bestseller list so far this year, with 45 No. 1 bestsellers to date, up 45 percent over the same period last year. According to the company, sales have been driven by major third quarter releases including: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka  J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; as well as Break Out! by Joel Osteen.
eBook sales were up during the quarter as well. Here is more from the press release:

In the US, ebooks represented 27% of HBG’s adult trade sales, up from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. At Hachette UK, digital sales rose to 30% of the company’s adult trade sales from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. For Lagardère Publishing, digital represented 9.4% of total net sales, compared to 6.4% in the third quarter of 2012.

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