I’ve just read a lengthy interview on ESPN.com. That’s news enough, but it was fascinating. Lots of sports metaphors, yep, but also some interesting talk about writing. And it’s finally convinced me I should read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink.” So, I recommend, for sports fans and non-fans alike, “Curious Guy: Malcolm Gladwell” as interviewed by Bill Simmons.
It starts well: Simmons: When I started reading you back in the mid-’90s, I remember being discouraged because you made writing seem so easy — technically, you were almost flawless, and since I knew I couldn’t write that well, you were one of those visible writers who made me feel like I was going to be bartending my whole life. You never waste a word. You come up with cool arguments and angles for your pieces, then you systematically prove/dismantle those same arguments and angles, and you do it in an entertaining, thoughtful, logical way. You never allow your biases to get in the way. You’re better at writing than me in every way. Basically, I hate you.