If Books Could Kill

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By: Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri

The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

The Game
Last Thursday at 10:00 AM

Neil Strauss's "The Game" aimed to teach any man how to hook up with beautiful women. All he needed was a little bit of sociopathy, a lot of misogyny and a fanny pack full of props.

Where to find us: 

TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase

Sources:

He's Simply Resistable  (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/3646796/Hes-simply-resistible.html)Pickup Artists Are Still A Thing. And They Want You To Know They’ve Evolved. (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/scaachikoul/pickup-artists-manosphere-incels-the-game-mras)Misogynist Incels and Male Supremacism (https://www...


David Brooks's "Bobos in Paradise"
11/17/2022

David Brooks became liberals' famous conservative by telling them what they wanted to hear. But ... why did they want to hear something that was lazy and wrong?

Where to find us: 

TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase


Sources:

A Reasonable ManDavid Brooks: Boo-Boos in ParadiseA Cartoon EliteDavid Brooks’s Conversion StoryDavid Brooks and the Endless Grift of the Conservative CommentariatHow The Bobos Broke AmericaDeath Of A Yuppie Dream: The Rise And Fall Of The Professional-Managerial ClassStuff the Professional-Managerial Class Likes: "Distinction" for an Egalitarian EliteDavid Brooks’s Sea...


Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers"
11/10/2022

In "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell posited that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in something. Mike and Peter prove him wrong by mastering his dumb book over the span of about 50 minutes.


Links:

Malcolm Gladwell talks about responding to critics, and the perils of ‘Talking to Strangers’Gladwell for Dummies Malcolm Gladwell interview The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance The Dangers of Delegating Education To Journalists Good intuition takes years of practice Blinkered How Malcolm Gladwell Tricks You Into Believing Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule Trends in International Mathematics...


Freakonomics
11/02/2022

In 2005, two men named Steven and Stephen published the quintessential airport book. In 2022, two men named Mike and Peter started a whole podcast just to make fun of it.

Thanks to Ted Joyce and Ames Grawert for helping with the research for this episode!

Where to find us: 

TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase


Sources:

The 2003 NYT articleFreakonomics: What Went Wrong?A Review of FreakonomicsDismal ScienceFreak-FreakonomicsThe Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime: CommentThe Abortion–Crime Link: Evidence from England and WalesThe Impact of an Abo...