Interview: Malcolm Gladwell

I’m not sure if the author of this piece was on deadline or what, but it’s presented as a profile article, but half the time reads like an interview transcript. Anyway, in case you’re interested in The-Guy-With-Margaret-Atwood’s-Hair, because I generally am not.

Is the fact he’s a Canadian largely writing about the United States an advantage? “Very much so,” he says. “And in America being biracial allows you an incredible amount of freedom. I think I’m a little bit of a fuzzy target. I have more than my share of critics, but I think it’s harder to pigeonhole me, because I’m a little bit here and there, as opposed to being very clearly slotted into a category. I’m not interested in those categories. I don’t think people belong to the categories they think they belong to. I’m always struck by how many different ways we can define ourselves. Political ideology is one of 10 different descriptors we could use. I don’t understand why it’s privileged.”

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