Gladwell avoids desks, and "rotates" between a series of comfortable, and often noisily public, spots where he writes:
Malcolm started his working life as a newspaper writer. "I loved the newsroom. When I left it I wanted to recreate the newsroom and the closest thing to a newsroom is any kind of random active social space." [...]
Having life going on around him is something he describes as "the right kind of distraction". "There has to be some sort of osmotic process. In a newsroom, you soak up a lot of what's going on around you." [...]
Writing The Tipping Point at a desk, Malcolm often felt physically uncomfortable. "I was conscious of it being a struggle to sit that long. When I moved to more comfortable settings it was easier."
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