1. What about dear old Gary Shteyngart? You haven’t spoken one peep about ‘Absurdistan’, while the NYT book review has been going on and on about the new book. Keep up with the times young man.

  2. His name is made out of adjectives that predate him, although someday we’ll be able to fool naive youngsters into thinking that no one was glad or well until he came along, just as we now tell people that Poe, Crapper, and Hume invented poetry, crap, and the humanities. While we wait for that day, my wife and I generally refer to Gladwell by making what we imagine to be hair-igniting noises (“Woomf!”).

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