A common tragedy
Given how many books he has written complimentary blurbs for, it is not surprising that Malcolm Gladwell reads a lot. Judged solely by what he thinks the tragedy of the commons is, however, he does not read Ordinary Times:
The author, 52, was good-natured when asked in an interview why his name seems to be on so many book jackets (he could not say how many). “Do I really blurb that much?” he asked, laughing. He conceded: “The more blurbs you give, the lower the value of the blurb. It’s the tragedy of the commons.”
I suspect, however that he doesn’t find such details important.
“Specific mistakes don’t invalidate the work of the author or the book,” he said, describing the outrage over [Jonah Lehrer’s] “Imagine” as an “incidence of moral hysteria.”
A Gladwellian sentiment indeed.