Q/A with Virginia Postrel and C-SPAN's Brian Lamb: Glamour and Politics

Great Q&A between C-SPAN's Brian Lamb and former Reason Editor in Chief Virginia Postrel about her new book The Power of Glamour.

From the C-SPAN writeup:

Virginia Postrel, author of The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, talked about the qualities that make a person or thing “glamorous.” She believes that glamour can often affect the way the public views political figures. She named examples of Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and Barack Obama, to name a few. She also described the ways that people transform themselves into being glamorous, citing Jacqueline Kennedy as an example who went to great lengths to become a glamorous first lady. She also talked about some of the un-glamorous events that she has gone through, such as donating a kidney to psychiatrist Sally Satel in 2006, and successfully fighting breast cancer in 2007. She said that Washington, D.C., politics had become “nastier and more ritualized” over the past few years.

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Reason TV interviewed Postrel last fall. Check it out.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Postrel and I have something in common, besides being glamorous. We're both down a kidney. Only I didn't have a choice. (With either.)

  • Restoras||

    Sure Fist but she still hates you because you are a cellar dweller just like the rest of us.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    She said that Washington, D.C., politics had become “nastier and more ritualized” over the past few years.

    DRINK!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You know who can glamour me anytime? Vampire Jessica.

  • Rasilio||

    You mean from true blood? Hell yeah, she can suck my er blood anytime she wants

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Don't be crass.

  • Almanian!||

    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fashion
    Fashion
    Turn to the left!
    Fashion

    *pause*

    RIGHT!
    Oooooooooo
    fashion.

    We are the goon squad and we're comin' to town.
    BEEP BEEP!

    That is all.

  • sarcasmic||

  • ||

    She said that Washington, D.C., politics had become “nastier and more ritualized” over the past few years.

    Indeed. The low point came when Harry Reid attacked Kelly Ayotte with his walking stick during the debt ceiling debate.

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