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An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell (LAO)

By Live Talks Los Angeles

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Starts on Monday, October 7, 2013 · 8pm PDT


Wilshire Boulevard Temple 3663 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010


Live Talks Los Angeles and Wilshire Boulevard Temple
invite you to:

An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath:

Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

in conversation with Tim Long, writer/producer, The Simpsons

Monday, October 7, 2013 -- 8:00pm
(Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

(Doors open for General Admission tickets at 7:15pm)

Wilshire Boulevard Temple
3663 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010


First 5 LAO readers to respond win a pair of General Admission tickets to this event.


Join us in our newest venue, the recently renovated Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Read about their renovation in the New York Times.

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1996. He is the bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. In 2005, he was named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People. From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business, science, and then served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York City.

We all know that underdogs can win–that’s what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms–all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?

Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business, and politics, David and Goliath is a beautifully written book about the mighty leverage of the unconventional. Millions of readers have been waiting for the next Malcolm Gladwell book. That wait is over.

Malcolm Gladwell interviewed David Goldhill at Live Talks Los Angeles in February 2013 on fixing healthcare in America. Here’s the video.

Tim Long is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons. He is also a former Head Writer for Late Show With David Letterman. In addition to his work for television, Long has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

About the organizer

A series of on-stage conversations featuring writers, actors, musicians, humorists, artists, chefs, scientists and thought leaders in business. Our mission is simple: Bring these great speakers to Los Angeles, and present them in some of the city’s wonderful venues. We create videos and podcasts from all our events.  Through some of our events, we support literacy causes in Los Angeles.  In so doing, we also hope to help raise awareness of the great work these organizations are doing in our communities and enhance their base of supporters, volunteers and donors.