God I have such a good bullshit detector. I read a number of these stories — not even realizing they were by the same author — and thought, “Reads like hogwash to me.” Because they seemed so specious, I never linked to the pieces and stopped without even finishing most of them.
Anything that at all reeks of Malcolm Gladwell just instantly throws me off. All of Mastbaum’s journalistic turds did that. Someone really should pay me for this because I can detect BS 10 miles away and upwind.