L.A. writer on commerce & culture, @BV columnist. New book is THE POWER OF GLAMOUR. Also wrote THE FUTURE AND ITS ENEMIES and THE SUBSTANCE OF STYLE.

The Weekly Standard

weeklystandard.com — When we look back on the late-19th/early-20th century and think of the technological changes that made life "modern," we usually imagine the conquests of distance: telegraphs and telephones, trains and steamships, automobiles and airplanes. We don't think about canned goods, cigarettes, soda pop, phonographs, or Kodak cameras. These things might have been new.

Unglamorous background on the red carpet

pinterest.com — As I discuss in my book THE POWER OF GLAMOUR, glamour is an illusion that conceals difficulties, costs, flaws, and distractions. The glamorous idea of "the red carpet" thus leaves out a lot of things--and people--who often appear in the backgrounds of red carpet photos.

Islamic State uses glamour as a recruiting tool

The Weekly Standard

weeklystandard.com — When we look back on the late-19th/early-20th century and think of the technological changes that made life "modern," we usually imagine the conquests of distance: telegraphs and telephones, trains and steamships, automobiles and airplanes. We don't think about canned goods, cigarettes, soda pop, phonographs, or Kodak cameras. These things might have been new.

The Weekly Standard

weeklystandard.com — When we look back on the late-19th/early-20th century and think of the technological changes that made life "modern," we usually imagine the conquests of distance: telegraphs and telephones, trains and steamships, automobiles and airplanes. We don't think about canned goods, cigarettes, soda pop, phonographs, or Kodak cameras. These things might have been new.

Attacking Islamic State recruiting no menial task

stripes.com — The Pentagon is trying to figure out why Islamic State has been so successful at attracting followers. "What makes I.S. so magnetic, inspirational?" Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, who commands U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East, asked a conference call of outside experts examining the question, according to a recent New York Times report.

Bloomberg View Op-ed: The glamour of joining Islamic State

sltrib.com — Glamour is effective because it gives specific form to inchoate desires, whether for love, wealth, power, recognition, freedom, adventure or divine favor. In "The Power of Glamour" I wrote, "The desires glamour serves and intensifies are never purely physical. They are emotional."

Magnetic glamour of Islamic State

biznews.com — (Bloomberg View) - The Pentagon is trying to figure out why Islamic State has been so successful at attracting followers."What makes I.S. so magnetic, inspirational?"Major General Michael Nagata, who commands U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East, asked a conference call of outside experts examining the question, according to a recent New York Times report.

The glamour of joining Islamic State - and how to fight it

sacbee.com — U.S. military must recognize the attraction of Islamic State ideas that horrify most Westerners. They make killing look effortless, righteous and triumphant. They promise to make the jihadist feel manly and important.

The Glamour of Islamic State

bloombergview.com — The Pentagon is trying to figure out why Islamic State has been so successful at attracting followers."What makes I.S. so magnetic, inspirational?"Major General Michael Nagata, who commands U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East, asked a conference call of outside experts examining the question, according to a recent New York Times report.
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Jan 30, 2015

@notjessewalker @mattwelch I do have the distinction of never having been married to one of the 3 Reason Enterprises owners.

Jan 30, 2015

@notjessewalker @MattWelch That makes more sense. Also Marty as EIC was below Bob as Editor, tho she gradually became de facto EIC.

Jan 30, 2015

@notjessewalker @MattWelch That didn't last long. She's Bob's ex. I knew she was involved but never knew she had the EIC title.

Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

Freelance life: In limbo waiting for comments on latest big piece & checks from two previous ones, already in print. Am sick & going to bed.

Jan 30, 2015

@camerontw A lot of people, perhaps most, in the vast middle keep their kids in the dark about the numbers.

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