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November 7, 2013

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A&E | PRINT SIX PEEKS INSIDE VEGAS COMIC GEORGE WALLACE'S NEW BOOK In his foreword, Jerry Seinfeld feels "completely free" to say anything he wants, because "who's buying this Vegas walkout souvenir crapola anyway?" Wallace's degrees in transportation and marketing from the University of Akron landed him a job selling bus ads in New York City. When a client told Wallace he was opening a comedy club called the Comic Strip, he was invited to perform his first open mic. When visiting Hong Kong, Wallace noticed everything said, "Made Just Around the Corner" on it. "They make everything over there. There's a factory factory in Seoul. Entire factories rolling out on a conveyor belt." "Many of us have a main phobia that has dogged us for most of our lives. Mine is a great fear of not being funny as hell. I have successfully fought against this all of my life. For you it might be spiders, heights, or public speaking … If you can conquer what you fear most, what's to stop you from toppling every other obstacle in your life?" LAFF IT OFF By George Wallace with Dan Ewen, $11. GLADWELL'S OUTLIER David and Goliath doesn't live up to its author's previous work BY RICK LAX Two bits in the book that really surprised me: Malcolm Gladwell is known for two things: 1. Smaller classrooms don't always make for better 1. seeking out counterintuitive, relevant truths, and learning environments, despite what we've been 2. presenting them clearly and engagingly. He did told by everybody. At some point, Gladwell writes, both of those things in his previous three books the smaller a classroom gets, the less students actu(Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw), but in his latally learn. 2. Martin Luther King Jr. was a master est work, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and media manipulator, a guy who'd make Ryan Holiday the Art of Battling Giants, he's only batting .500. The proud. You know that famous picture of a black writing's great, as always; what's missing is the slew teenage boy being attacked by one of "Bull" Connor's of surprising psychological, economic and cultural dogs? It was, according to Gladwell, essencurveballs—the tidbits that make me want tially solicited. The civil rights activists to start attending more cocktail parties for the sole purpose of sounding smart. aabcc did everything they could to make this photo op happen, knowing it would help Gladwell begins with the titular tale. DAVID AND their cause. Basically, David wasn't the underdog; GOLIATH But David and Goliath is also loaded Goliath was. All that heavy armor weighed By Malcolm Gladwell, $29. with something I haven't experienced in Goliath down. The big guy might have even previous Gladwell works: stuff I already suffered from acromegaly—a tumor of the knew. Most minority students who benpituitary glad that would explain his size efit from affirmative action in law school admissions … and vision problems. He was simply no match for are at the bottom of their class. The Impressionists quick-moving David's quick-moving stone. thrived because they weren't invited to the Salon. Gladwell says that when giant countries go Challenging your grades in high school is a real-life to war with tiny counties, and the tiny countries skill. (I learned that one from Clueless.) use unconventional or guerrilla tactics, the tiny I'll still recommend the book, but not to those who countries win most of the time. What he's saying haven't yet read Outliers. Or to whoever still hasn't is, "David and Goliath situations" aren't always read Blink. If you get through those and still want David and Goliath situations. Including the battle more, sure, pick up David and Goliath. between David and Goliath. "I've always been young at heart. It's the 77 other organs I'm worried about. I've always been a high-energy person when I'm not sleeping or taking one of my several naps a day." Wallace actually provides legitimately practical, helpful tips about spending habits, achieving goals, the futility of dwelling on the past and more. –Julie Seabaugh NOVEMBER 7–13, 2013 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM 47_Print_20131107.indd 47 47 11/6/13 1:23 PM

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