Blank: The Power of Parody

I’m sure it says as much about me as it does about the book, but the title of the new Malcolm Gladwell parody (“Blank: The Power of Not Actually Thinking at All”) tickled me inordinately. Sure, the book may turn out to be a one-joke trick, but here is author Noah Atall on his objectives:

The third and most important task of this book is to convince you that the power of knowing without thinking is not some wild, untamable force of nature like the sex drive of Colin Farrell but a talent that can be nurtured, managed, and utilized in normal, everyday situations that will enable you to destroy your enemies, shove the slow and witless out of the way, and dominate your spouse. It is an ability that we all must cultivate if we are to achieve the important goal of making me America’s all-time best-selling author.

Appropriately enough, there is a profile of the big-haired Mr. Gladwell in today’s N.Y. Times in which Judge Richard Posner’s New Republic review of Gladwell’s Blink is excerpted as follows:

“[Blink is] written like a book intended for people who do not read books.”

No, no, that’s Blank, not Blink.

[Update] Oh, and speaking of parodies, I enjoyed the new “Brokeback to the Future” trailer way more than I should have, although it’s still nowhere near as as good as “Shining”, the best movie trailer parody ever.


  1. The “Sleepless in Seattle” thriller recut is pretty good as well.

  2. Oooh, you’re right. That Sleepless recut trailer is great. I always knew there was something fishy about that movie — turns out it was a stalker-horror.