He’s considered a “big idea” man, an author who makes those ideas understandable and accessible. That’s author Malcolm Gladwell, whose newest book “David & Goliath” debunks theories that underdogs can’t win and that commonly perceived disadvantages like large classroom sizes or medical disabilities are handicaps rather than opportunities. Gladwell, along with historian and author Douglas Brinkley will be the featured panelists Thursday at The Ct Forum’s “big thinkers” program at the Bushnell. Gladwell, a staff writer at The New Yorker who also wrote bestsellers “The Tipping Point” and “Blink,” is considered a master when it comes to weaving research and the social sciences into tales about life and people. The wild-haired Gladwell was more than happy to share some insight into his work and his coiffing secrets when he Spilled the Beans with Java.
Q: Are you really one of the world’s “biggest thinkers?”
A: I don’t think so but am delighted that someone else does. I feel like one of the things I do is find big thinkers and talk to them and that is different than being one. I track them down and tell their stories.
For the rest of his interview and ticket information go here.