The Malcolm Gladwell Point

The New York Observer scribe Tom Scocca tracks the rise and possible tipping point of popular author Malcolm Gladwell in NYO‘s regular “Off the Record” section. Gladwell is a long-time New Yorker writer and the author of two top-selling books, 2000’s The Tipping Point and last year’s Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Scocca argues that Gladwell’s writing has changed for the worse since his successful foray into books. Recent criticism of a story Gladwell wrote on pensions, by bloggers and media alike, seems to haveput his immense popularity into question.