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Steve Levitt on the user experience of reading David Epstein and Malcolm Gladwell

Steve Levitt: Something odd happens to me when I read Gladwell’s books and when I read [David Epstein’s] Range. The stories are so fascinating and so well told that reading the book makes me feel witty and interesting. Even though obviously I’m only a consumer of the book, I feel like I’m better than I really am by virtue of imbibing it. Does that make any sense to you?

Steve Levitt – People I (Mostly) Admire: David Epstein Knows Something about Almost Everything

See also:

McKinley Valentine on the user experience of the whodunnit (and neural networks)
Bikeshedding, code-narratology and teamwork (c.f. implied reader)
DriverlessCrocodile: Design Matters

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