Meeting Malcolm Gladwell
Sachi and I were just minding our business at a cafe in the Barri Gothic of Barcelona, just off the Ramblas on Ferran. I looked out the window and glanced up at a hip-looking guy with a bag slung across his shoulder and a head of huge curly hair. In knew in an instant that it was Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker writer and popular author of The Tipping Point and Blink. Being one of my favorite authors and a blogger, I knew his look and seemed nearly unmistakable as he walked by. Then, just as I mentioned to Sachi that it looked like him, he came into our cafe and sat down across the room from us.
How random! How often could that possibly happen - even in New York? But in Barcelona it was almost surreal. I had to investigate.
After we finished lunch I walked over to him, a bit nervously and feeling a little intrusive and said "Are you Malcolm?" He smiled and said "yes!" and I introduced myself and Sachi. We talked a bit about why he was in Barcelona (a speaking engagement at a conference) and our trip. He was surprised that Sachi and I are still on good terms after nearly a year. I tried to resist the urge, but I ended up doing the ultimate fanboy action and asking for a picture with him - I just had to. Malcolm was completely gracious about it and seemed like any other nice guy you'd meet on the street - in Barcelona. Good guy that Malcolm. After a bit of small talk we left him with his hand written notebook and coffee. I couldn't help but wonder - is that his next book? Maybe it's about chance meetings.