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March 2, 2014
Virginia Postrel
Author, "The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion"
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Postrel was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and received a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 1982. She became the editor of Reason magazine in 1989, and founded its web site in 1995. She wrote for the New York Times from 2000 – 2006, and for The Atlantic from 2006 – 2009. Postrel has written two other books besides “Glamour”. She is married to U.C. Irvine economist and business strategy professor Steven Postrel. They live in Los Angeles.

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Info: Our guest is Virginia Postrel, author of “The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion.” Postrel, a columnist for Bloomberg View, discusses what qualities make a person or thing “glamorous.” She contends that glamour can often affect the way the public views political figures. She cites examples of Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Barack Obama, to name a few. Postrel discusses how people transform themselves into being glamorous; citing Jacqueline Kennedy, who, according to the author went to great lengths to become a glamorous First Lady. Postrel also talks about some of the un-glamorous events that she has gone through in the past eight years, such as donating a kidney to psychiatrist Sally Satel in 2006, and successfully fighting breast cancer in 2007. She notes that political Washington has become “nastier and more ritualized” over the past few years.

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