Reported in the New Yorker

Two notable entertainments at The New Yorker: First, from this week’s ‘Talk of the Town,’ Herb Allen’s “Brooklyn Tobacco Party,” a recounting of a citizens’ group trying to fight society’s anti-smoking trends, is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read in a magazine.On a more serious note, an article in last week’s issue called “The Talent Myth” debunks the belief of American businesses that star employees should be prioritized at all costs — and how Enron was a notable practitioner of this fallacy. More than another instance of bashing everyone’s favorite corporate kicking boys, author Malcolm Gladwell takes a closer look at what motivates groups of people within business organizations, and offers the alternative of emphasizing soundly-realized operational frameworks.