“Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell
(First publication: 2005 / This edition: Back Bay Books 2005)
Taken during a pit stop at Starbucks before work
[…] and if we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments. We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that—sometimes—we’re better off that way. (pg.53)
I feel like I’ve been in a reading slump lately. Not the “I don’t have any desire to read” kind, but the “I feel like all the books I’ve been picking up lately disappoint me” kind… which is the worst kind of reading slump of all reading slumps.
I wanted to read this one so badly after “Outliers” and the stuck-in-my-mind-for-days “The Tipping Point”. I got this one even though I put a “no buying books for another year (maybe, possibly, probably should)” ban on myself, because the other two books made me go all “fanclubbing” over Malcolm Gladwell.
It just didn’t stick to my mind. I couldn’t focus and it just wasn’t absorbing…enough.
There were a few parts that caught my attention and got my hopes up, like, “Oh, okay, it’s about to get really exciting now”…but then I’d get bored and lose focus again.
I felt like the concept or the idea of it wasn’t convincing enough as a whole. There are many case studies he brings up, and they’re all convincing, individually—I really think they’re all intriguing and I was mind-blown by some of them, such as the case about professional food-tasters (…really. Such hardcore, serious food-tasters) and the case about how you can predict if a couple will divorce 10-15 years later by just seeing them talk “normally) about their dogs. But when all the cases are put together as a whole, I just felt like I couldn’t grasp the concept and it just felt too abstract to take too seriously… so I lost focus.
I got about 90% of the way through—forced myself to keep going and going and going… but I was really looking at all the words, page after page, without absorbing in any of what they were trying to say. So eventually, after too long, I admitted defeat and put it down.