Malcolm Gladwell: Talking to Strangers
The star New Yorker writer has established himself as an inventive thinker with a talent for casting a unique intellectual lens onto the ordinary. In Talking to Strangers, he examines the ways in which strangers interact with one another, the ripple effects these interactions can have – not only on the individual, but on the whole of society. Why did Sandra Bland’s traffic stop end in suicide? How did a spy spend years undetected at the Pentagon? Why do we find it so difficult to detect a lie, or identify moral corruption in a stranger?
Cited by Oprah Winfrey as a book that will change how we see strangers, ourselves, and the wider world, Talking to Strangers challenges our predisposition to making assumptions about those we don’t know, and examines how these judgments can have devastating consequences. Gladwell has been a writer for the New Yorker since 1996 and is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Outliers and The Tipping Point. In 2005 was named as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people.
He will be talking to Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman, and you will have the opportunity to put your own questions to him in real-time.
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