863: Major in the Universe

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Major in the Universe
I hear Steven Levitt is writing a book analyzing A.J. Jacobs' quest to spend a year reading everything Malcolm Gladwell ever wrote. The audiobook will be narrated by Robert Krulwich of Radiolab.
Title text: I hear Steven Levitt is writing a book analyzing A.J. Jacobs' quest to spend a year reading everything Malcolm Gladwell ever wrote. The audiobook will be narrated by Robert Krulwich of Radiolab.

Explanation

Several authors are referenced here. Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian author who wrote such books as "The Tipping Point", "Outliers" and "Blink." Steven Levitt is one of the co-authors of the book, "Freakonomics" and also the Freakonomics blog on NYTimes.com.

Robert Krulwich is a science correspondent for NPR (National Public Radio, for those outside of the US) and a co-host of the show Radiolab.

A. J. Jacobs is a journalist who immerses himself in different ideas and lives them out for periods of time. For example, he lives a year according to all the rules in the bible literally.

In this comic, Cueball as a college student, meeting with his adviser or professor trying to decide what to major in. He decides to major in "The Universe", but when his adviser details the real work required of that major, Cueball scratches his head and tells what he really means. If you have not read Malcolm Gladwell's books, they all are slightly similar and details Gladwell's different "discoveries" about the world based on things that have happened.

Transcript

[Cueball before a professor]
Cueball: How can I pick a major? I'm interested in everything! Can't I major in "the universe"?
Professor: Okay. First, I'll need papers on every European trade summit that did not result in an agreement. Then, spend a year memorizing every microprocessor instruction set ever used in a production chip.
[Cueball scratches head]
Cueball: What I meant was I just want to read Malcolm Gladwell books and drink.
Professor: We all do, sweetie.
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Discussion

If all else fails, you could always become an artist. Davidy²²[talk] 10:03, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

I thought if all else fails you become a teacher? ~JFreund
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