Malcolm Gladwell Is 50

Happy birthday to Grantland contributing editor Malcolm Gladwell, who has logged in about 438,000 hours in service of his unparalleled ability to prove that even the most commonsensical of ideas can achieve the perception of complexity when expressed with the kind of controlled tone that presents itself as a novel articulation of discovery. I mean, good for him, subsequent attempts by younger practitioners have shown that it is nowhere near as easy as it looks. Anyway, he’s 50 today.