Thoughts and Quotes from “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell is one of my favorite authors. To my knowledge, I have read everything he has published. The style of this book is somehow different than Gladwell’s previous works. Somehow he is able to morph himself into something completely different with no loss to magnificence.

Best read of the 2019!

It’s hard to capture the essence of a story book in a collection of quotes; nonetheless, here are a few quotes I marked along the way:

Thoughts and Quotes from “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger

Trive

This book was given to me by a great friend with the inscription “To another member of the Tribe”. Of course the short read jumped to the top of my queue. If I am part of a tribe, I want to know more about my team.

In this book the author seeks to shed light on mental illness and other life stressers as they relate to modern society’s absence of community. The avenue utilized for example centers around active military duty and PTSD. While I do not agree with all of the theories that arise, the book was practical and insightful – a worthy read.

Here are a few quotes I marked along the way:

Thoughts and quotes from “Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Numbers tend to lie less badly than people do.

Freakonomics

I am little behind the curve on this one. The book was originally published in 2005. I have heard it referenced many times thought the years. I finally read it in 2019.

I enjoyed this book a lot. In fact, it made me wonder if I had missed my intended calling as a psychiatry-economics-sociologist. The book takes on multiple sets of assumptions and asks, “Is common thought, factual thought?” or “Is there a better explanation for this?”

Here are a few of the quotes I noted along the way: