What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Malcolm Gladwell discusses his latest book, What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures, which brings together the best of his writing from The New Yorker, investigations of often hidden extraordinary events, people, and ideas.


Malcolm Gladwell

Comments [11]

Ro from SoHo

Yes, Mr. Gladwell, it is a very good argument that unless dogs are re-habilitated they will be euthanised.

The important and essential point for the humanity of humans and the comfort and salvation of abused, aggressive canines is HOW they are re-habilitated.

Ceasar Millan admitted himself, on Mr Lopate's show, that he doesn't read and dismissed the scientific studies of animal behaviour and still uses his strong, fear inducing dominance as a fix-all for 'bad dog behaviour'.

Oct. 20 2009 01:58 PM

Would you mention on air also this positive response to Cesar Milan's method? Really, it's a correction to certain people's abnormal thinking about animals - a reflection of themselves since Cesar has shown clearly on his show: it's the owner, not the animal.

Oct. 20 2009 01:47 PM
j from Brooklyn

There is no "artist" hangouts, b/c they need to protect "the cool" from a culture obsessed with "the cool" (see: the lower east side)

Oct. 20 2009 01:47 PM
j from Brooklyn

David Sedaris is a great late bloomer.

Oct. 20 2009 01:42 PM
dog person from brooklyn

the issue with cesar milan is that he focuses on dominance only. when your child (or you) tries to "dominate" your 3 year old rottweiler who has a chemical imbalance in the brain - and not a dominance issue - let's see how that goes.

clearly he has a gift. but what he teaches others can lead to dangerous results.

Oct. 20 2009 01:37 PM
jmt from Westchester

I would hope that any writer using part of another writer's work would, at the very least, acknowledge that they're doing so. To say that it's OK not to acknowledge doing so--which seems to be what Gladwell is saying-- is careless and will only encourage inappropriate plagiarism.

Oct. 20 2009 01:31 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Alan Dershowitz was proved to have plagiarized (with a thoroughness that few writers are ever proved to have done so) from Joan Peters's utterly discredited "From Time Immemorial". As a powerful Harvard bigot, Dershowitz suffered NO setback. Harvard whitewashed the case even though an exhaustive review of Norman Finkelstein's analysis by The Univ. of California Press found Finkelstein's work to be very well supported. Meanwhile Dershowitz set about a malicious campaign to destroy Finkelstein's academic career.

Oct. 20 2009 01:23 PM
student from ASTORIA

Does Mr. Gladwell think that the term 'tipping point' is overused? I sure do.

Oct. 20 2009 01:21 PM
David Hume from Staten Island, NY

Doesn't Gladwell take everything from science journals and just popularize them for the masses? Why is HE upset about borrowing peoples work?


Oct. 20 2009 01:20 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

With respect to plagiarism vs. borrowing: 150 years ago, the notion of plagiarism was really very different. There were certainly objections to wholesale theft (as, I think, Robert Hook did of Newton's Principia). But heavy borrowing was the norm.

Oct. 20 2009 01:19 PM
Gabriel from NYC

If you get a chance to ask listener questions please ask Malcolm how can the understanding of "Cultures of Honor" be applied to how we handle Afghanistan?

Heinz. Definitely Heinz. All the others have strange after tastes.

Oct. 20 2009 01:14 PM

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