September 25, 2009

Master theorizer Malcolm Gladwell is highly successful at seduction.

But if he's got a theory about why, he's sure not explaining it to Sean Macaulay.

23 comments:

rhhardin said...

How to seduce without being seduced, would seem to be the performance here.

traditionalguy said...

He has simply mastered the art of being an acceptible Mercy Fuck. Not that there is anything easy about that artform. I tip my hat to him. The Tipping Point goes to Gladwell.

Henry said...

From the link: Since moving to New York in 1996, he’s cast his net wide and deep to amass a staggering tally of conquests. There’s been the poetess, the psychotherapist, the photographer, the filmmaker, the fact checker, the writer at The New Yorker, the bisexual literary siren....

In New York, these could all be the same person.

aberman said...

The guy has been a household name since 2002. Even fat male celebrities get beautiful women for relationships. I don't see anything astounding about it.

Fred4Pres said...

This is not mercy *****, this is something more than that. Nebish Woody Allen had a way with the ladies too (well at least until that step daughter thing). My guess is the late Bob Ross (who also sported an afro) could have had his way with lots of ladies. It sounds like Gladwell is a good conversationist, pays attention to the person he is with, and is self cofident enough to "close the sale" so to speak. Women are less concerned with superficial looks than men are (although obivously looks definitely help). But not being a jerk and being fun to be around helps too.

Then again, perhaps word is out that Gladwell is hung like a donkey.

ironrailsironweights said...

Maybe Gladwell reads Roissy?

Peter

Scrutineer said...

He has simply mastered the art of being an acceptible Mercy Fuck.

Not even close. I know a beautiful, smart girl who dated him for a while. She was nuts about him despite (because of?) his tepid interest in her.

Evil Roissy's take on this should be interesting.

Lem said...

Rosie: So that's how it ends? The most powerful male gets the most babelicious female?

Mother Nature: That's right.

Rosie: Well, what if there's a really cute male antelope, or a female that shows signs of leadership?

Mother Nature: Useless.

Rosie: Why?

Mother Nature: Look, there's an order to this mating business.

Rosie: Why can't we change things?

Mother Nature: Haven't you self-centered, pec-loading assholes changed enough? It's not natural!

Rosie: What's so great about natural?

Mother Nature: What?

Rosie: Think about it. Tobacco is natural, Prozac's unnatural. Earthquakes are natural, television's unnatural.
Natural sucks
!

Theorizing is unnatural ;)

Maguro said...

Color me unsurprised that one of America's preeminent bullshit artists is able get laid.

Henry said...

Other great seducers:

Nobel Physicist Richard Feynman.
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Feynman credited his attractiveness to chutzpah.

Kissingder credited his attractiveness to power.

Lem said...

OT - Why is Drudge falling for fake protester video?

Dude!

fred said...

my grandmother:
if you can get a woman to smile, to laugh, you are half way up her leg.

LarsPorsena said...

Everyone is overlooking the obvious.
He's rolling in $$$$$$$$$$ from his book sales. That's 95% of the way up their legs

traditionalguy said...

I stand my ground about gladwell being a seducer by being an ACCEPTIBLE mercy fuck. He is acceptible because he is smart and talks of interesting things, but his stature and looks makes mercy into a big element in the Tipping Point. I applaud him for his persistance and strategy which he must employ over extended conversations without missing his prize.

former law student said...

French author Voltaire: Give me a minute to talk away my face, and I could seduce the Queen of France.

But I'm not surprised that a random Limey bastard, calling a famous author on his cell phone out of the blue, could not get his seduction tips. He should have sent a woman to meet him in person -- a light touch can work wonders, I hear

Bailey Quarters said...

I would sleep with him. And it wouldn't have anything to do with mercy.

ricpic said...

No combination beats complete calculator on the inside sensitivo on the outside for hauling in the poontang.

Chris said...

It's not a stable equilibrium.

Henry said...

Chris -- Nice find. LOL.

traditionalguy said...

Bailey Quarters... What tipped you into Gladwell's vortex? And remember it has to be for your selfish desires or it does not count.

Der Hahn said...

Read the story.

Lars, ahem, nailed it.

Seven Machos said...

This is a story about two guys I know. They're at a bar. One is really very good looking. The other has a great personality.

The good looking guy turns to the personality guy at one point and says, "Man, with my looks and your personality, we could have all the pussy in here."

William said...

You have to appeal to a woman's sympathetic side. Take a three legged dog out for a walk, and any number of women will approach you through the dog. Of course, it's really hard to find a vet willing to perform the amputation.