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.