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There aren't many authors who can say that their non-fiction books inspired international rap stars. But U.K.-born, Elmira, Ontario-raised writer Malcolm Gladwell is one of them.
Gladwell's 2008 book Outliers: The Story of Success popularized the "10,000-hour rule," which suggests that you've got to put in 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at a skill. That idea made its way into "Ten Thousand Hours," a track by rapper Macklemore with Ryan Lewis.
When Gladwell was in the red chair, George took the opportunity to ask him about it.
MG: [While watching a clip of Macklemore performing the song] Maybe the greatest thing to ever happen to me.
GS: First of all, that's a Macklemore song, which is great. Not only did you get name-checked, which is huge, it's cool..
MG: Huge. I mean, I’m done at this point. What’s left?
GS: He talked about 10,000. This 10,000-hour thing... Does everybody know the whole part of that book? You’ve just been boiled down to a couple of words.
MG: I’ll take it. I’m not complaining.... When you write a book, you no longer own it. Your readers own it and they’re allowed to do whatever they want with it. That’s one of the lovely things about writing books. You’re kind of giving gifts to your readers.
Malcolm Gladwell's newest book is David and Goliath; Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.
His interview with George airs Tuesday, November 26 at 7 and 11:30 pm on CBC.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform at X Games
Jim Balsillie from The Hour
Eleanor Wachtel with Malcolm Gladwell
McGill University, Montreal
for ''Writers & Company'
airing on CBC Radio One
Woody Allen/Marshall McLuhan scene
Rollins-Joffe Productions, United Artists
Malcolm Gladwell, Grant Snider, Terry Martin, Mr. Weidner, Mr. Exley, Bruce Headlam and Richard Boyne
Provided by Bill Exley
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Back Bay Books
Little, Brown and Company
The New Yorker, Conde Nast
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