Genre: Miscellaneous

VINCENT C

What the Dog Saw is split into three parts: Obsessives, Pioneers, and other varieties of Minor Genius; Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses; and Personality, Character, and Intelligence. The second part interested me the most. The examination of how people approach problems and the discussion on the amount of importance society places on images leads to enlightening insights on the importance of interpreting information, as discussed above.

Job interviews are flawed, Gladwell argues in What the Dog Saw, because people make assumptions about the way others will act in all situations. Studies have shown that behavior varies according to setting; honesty, for example, is not a constant trait – students were shown to have different affinities for cheating when taking tests at school or at home. Gladwell describes Nolan Myers, an intelligent, successful, Harvard graduate, who had recently spent a lot of time at job interviews. Gladwell states that if he “were an employer looking for bright young college graduates, [he would] hire him in a heartbeat”. However, he has never seen Myers in other settings, nor has he spoken to any of his relatives or professors, and he cannot explain why he likes Myers, but, Gladwell, along with Hadi Partovi, an executive at Tellme, and Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, decided that they approved of Myers in the short time they each spent with him. During Gladwell’s interview with Myers, he asks Myers, “are there things that you think you aren’t good at, which make you worry?”

ANDREA C

  A Certain Himalayan Cat   I remember the day I met my friend, a pure-bred Himalayan cat. A Himalayan is a cross between a Siamese and a Persian. Himalayans have the Siamese’s color points and the Persian’s fluffy, double layered coat. And this cat had the best of both worlds! This cat’s mother and father Read more…

NATASHA N

Roald Dahl’s Word Exploration By Natasha Ng   Two marvelous books, The BFG and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, both written by Roald Dahl, are probably the funniest and the best books that Roald Dahl wrote. They both have funny made-up words and ridiculous sentences that are filled humorously. That’s why many people like Read more…

OSCAR S

Understanding Evil: Jem and Scout in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird     To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most celebrated books of the twentieth century. Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for this masterpiece. Published in 1960, an entire adult generation was affected by this book. To Kill a Mockingbird affected the United States with Read more…

SALLY H

The Truth About Plum Lake       Under Plum Lake by Lionel Davidson is an intriguing book that is filled with ideas and theories beyond our time. “Under Plum Lake is a novel that from the first moment leads us, fascinated and convinced, into a world beyond our imaginings – a novel with the Read more…