Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 4

Here are my notes from Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course on Masterclass. It has 6 hours of dense video content, so these notes will be split into 4 parts published over 4 weeks.

Misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and miscommunication are on me. The good stuff is on Malcolm Gladwell.

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Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 3

Here are my notes from Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course on Masterclass. It has 6 hours of dense video content, so these notes will be split into 4 parts published over 4 weeks.

Misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and miscommunication are on me. The good stuff is on Malcolm Gladwell.

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Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 2

Here are my notes from Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course on Masterclass. It has 6 hours of dense video content, so these notes will be split into 4 parts published over 4 weeks.

Misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and miscommunication are on me. The good stuff is on Malcolm Gladwell.

Link …

Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 1

Here are my notes from Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course on Masterclass. It has 6 hours of dense video content, so these notes will be split into 4 parts published over 4 weeks.

Misrepresentation, misunderstanding, and miscommunication are on me. The good stuff is on Malcolm Gladwell. …

Learn by exploration, then by theory

I’ve never been very disciplined on long flights. I always have grand productive plans going in — reading and writing, maybe some coding — but they never pan out. I’ve enjoyed a lot of average blockbusters in uncomfortable seats.

Last month, however, I managed to spend an entire 8 hour …

Against Social Optionality

I sometimes feel like being stuck on a desert island with someone is the only way to interact with them truly sincerely.

In different social situations, we have different degrees of social optionality — the ability to freely abandon one person/group for another.

Consider the following situations, …

Book Review: The War of Art

I was a little skeptical of this initially — it’s a self-help book, not one that most people have heard of, and you can tell by the cover that it’s independently published.

The title is what convinced me to give it a chance. The book tackles the challenges of trying to create art. The …

The Amazement of the Knowledgeable Person

The deeper you get into magic, the more profound your amazement becomes. There’s an intermediary stage where you go, “Oh, is that all there is? It was just a thread?” And then when you work with a thread for four years, and you work out what must exactly be done to make that thread into something …

Netflix-onomics

Netflix had a cracking line-up of new content last month — Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why, Season 5 of Arrested Development, and 4 stand-up specials, amongst others. This year they plan to spend $8 billion on content, on-par with media juggernauts like Time Warner (HBO) and Disney.

$8 billion is a lot …

Points Inflation on Hacker News

Is it harder to get to the HN front page now than it used to be? This is a very difficult question to answer. Are points on HN worth less today than they used to be? This is easier to answer — yes.

Here’s a graph showing the median score of HN front page submissions over time. The dots …