The Malcolm Gladwell Paradox
Re-reading is much underrated. I’ve read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold once every five years since I was 15. I only started to understand it the third time.
I’m pretty sure that this contradicts the entire premise of Gladwell’s bestseller, Blink, but I’ve only read it once. Scanning Gladwell’s own Q&A on the book, however, would seem to confirm my first impression — which, ironically, confirms the book but contradicts the advice on re-reading.
In fairness, I was only able to confirm this by re-reading — so there’s some value in it. But maybe I need to read it a third time to be sure?