02 March 2006

Great read: Simmons and Gladwell.

Bill Simmons is one of the smartest sportswriters working today--and surely the funniest. He's a master of writing long, entertaining columns that bring together sports, books, and popular culture. He's also prolific enough to keep several types of series going at once. One of them, "Curious Guy," features edited e-mail conversations between Simmons and other interesting people. His current "Curious Guy" column is the first installment of his conversation with New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, one of the best writers anywhere.

"Curious Guy: Malcolm Gladwell"

Particularly if you're a sports fan, it's great to sit in on the conversation of two guys who are
so smart, so verbal, and so obviously enjoying riffing off of each other's ideas. (Don't wait too long; older stories on ESPN are for subscribers only.) You get snippets like this one from Gladwell:

". . . it's really risky to work hard, because then if you fail you can no longer say that you failed because you didn't work hard. It's a form of self-protection."

While I'm at it: Gladwell now has a blog. Man, he's good.

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