Magazine February 24, 2014, Issue

Failing Upward

The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, by Megan McArdle (Viking, 320 pp., $27.95)

This may not have been the best time for Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle to write a book squarely in the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell.

For whatever reason, Gladwell’s mesmerizing essays, in which he weaves together stories and social-science research to arrive at (allegedly) mind-blowing conclusions, hit a “tipping point” of their own in late 2013. What had started as the occasional drip of acid from a critic became a flood of derision. Slate and The New Republic ran lengthy pieces bashing Gladwell. Salon’s Alex Pareene included the writer in his annual year-end list of journalistic “hacks.”

Fortunately, though, Megan McArdle is

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Europe’s Green Collapse

Remember when the spin from environmentalists and the Obama administration was that renewable “green”-energy mandates and subsidies would help the economy create millions of “green jobs”? President Obama still trumpets, ...
Politics & Policy

Pre-K Decay

The evidence seemed overwhelming. When Rutgers professor Steven Barnett gave a congressional briefing on preschool last spring, he touted higher test scores, improved graduation rates, reduced crime, less welfare use, ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

At the Summit

Robert Gates served as secretary of defense during the pivotal war years of 2006 through mid 2011. His powerful memoir is insightful, tendentious, angry, elucidating, contradictory, and honest. Gates saw ...
Politics & Policy

Failing Upward

This may not have been the best time for Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle to write a book squarely in the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell. For whatever reason, Gladwell’s mesmerizing essays, ...
Politics & Policy

Loss Leaders

To movie obsessives, the Oscars are fascinating, frustrating, riveting, infuriating — a spectacle we love to hate and love to love. To normal people, though, they’re something much more basic: ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Peace and Prosperity The last time I wrote a letter to an editor was in 1969. Two items in the January 27 issue have now moved me to write again. While fulfilling ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We feared the ACA would make companies not want to hire. Good news! It just makes employees not want to work. ‐ The latest from the Chris Christie Super Bowl: ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

GREEN Time was there was no smog in city parks. The poisons started only at the sidewalks, A sick fog heading to its source: high tiers, The lofty realm of chiefs and financiers. The public ...
Happy Warrior

Deny This

Handing out his awards for “sustainability” at Buckingham Palace the other day, the Prince of Wales made a few remarks about “climate change” and attacked “powerful groups of deniers” as ...

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