“Meanwhile, back to Anderson vs Gladwell: in reality, both writers aren’t that different: my bet is that if you do blind taste tests on their books, it would be hard to figure out who wrote which. Both of them have built lucrative careers peddling somewhat interchangable and at times indistinguishable ideas: abundance vs scarcity, wisdom of crowds, network effect, david vs goliath, and a “a dazzling ability to find commonality in disparate fields of study” to prove their points”—Chris Anderson vs Malcolm Gladwell: The Freestyle Fight | paidContent
Among Otto von Bebop’s early inventions was a large-tube magnesium track frame filled with hydrogen, which he raced himself with some success. After a being seriously burned when a friend struck a match against his bicycle, Otto became a track coach and frame builder in the 1920’s. His star rider was a young John Birks Gillespie, who showed such prodigous talent that he was banned from competing at many tracks because, it was said, he circled the track so fast it made spectators “dizzy.” Although Gillespie quit cycling and took up the trumpet instead, the nickname stuck. Years latter Dizzy Gillespie returned the favor by naming his new music after his former mentor and friend.
“Memory is funny. Once you hit a vein the problem is not how to remember but how to control the flow. You let it all come out, but it’s not all significant or interesting so the problem is how to shape this blob of experience into a narrative that gives your past meaning.”—