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.

How Spock Became a Sex Symbol

bloombergview.com — When "Star Trek" debuted in 1966, showing a beautiful black woman and a dashing Asian man as bridge officers was an idealistic political statement. Turning someone who looked like Leonard Nimoy into a sex symbol, however, was entirely unintentional.

Deep Glamour: At the Intersection of Imagination & Desire

deepglamour.net — "If there were two characters I wanted to be during the sixties, they were Mr. Spock-and James Bond. The relationship is quite logical. Both displayed total self-confidence and amazing problem-solving skills. Both traveled to exotic locales, surviving any number of deadly perils. Both were irresistible to women.

Will 'Empire' Match Its Ratings?

bloombergview.com — The Fox broadcasting network's drama " Empire " is already a phenomenal business success. What remains to be seen is whether it will prove an equally remarkable artistic success. Last Wednesday's episode drew more than 13 million viewers, making the show the first primetime series since Nielsen started tracking total viewers in 1991 to have its audience grow every single week for the six weeks since its highly rated premiere.

Save the Oscars With Live Voting and Hindsight: Virginia Postrel

bloombergview.com — Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony faces the real possibility of ratings humiliation. The Oscar telecast will almost certainly draw a smaller TV audience than the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards. True, Whitney Houston's death the day before boosted Grammy viewership to more than 39 million. But that's only part of the equation.

Why the Crusades Still Matter

bloombergview.com — The Crusades have gone from historical background to current controversy, as conservative critics have jumped on U.S. President Barack Obama's recent prayer-breakfast remarks comparing the brutality of medieval Crusaders with that of contemporary jihadi militants, including Islamic State.

Postrel: Why not hire an undrafted rookie for your team?

denverpost.com — By Virginia Postrel Bloomberg News Posted: 02/07/2015 05:00:00 PM MST When was the last time your talent-hungry organization hired the equivalent of Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie who came out of the University of West Alabama, a Division II school many football fans had never even heard of?

Who would hire Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler?

courant.com — When was the last time your talent-hungry organization hired the equivalent of Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie who came out of the University of West Alabama, a Division II school many football fans had never even heard of? When was the last time you even considered someone with unlikely credentials for a critical position?

Virginia Postrel: Would you have hired Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler?

dallasnews.com — When was the last time your talent-hungry organization hired the equivalent of Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie who came out of the University of West Alabama, a Division II school many football fans had never even heard of? When was the last time you even considered someone with unlikely credentials for a critical position?

Would You Hire the Super Bowl Hero?

bloombergview.com — When was the last time your talent-hungry organization hired the equivalent of Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookiewho came out of the University of West Alabama,a Division II school many football fans had never even heard of?When was the last time you even considered someone with unlikely credentials for a critical position?

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.
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Mar 03, 2015

Whoa! @StevenFHayward picks up @amychozick's suggestion that Hilary is a lush. (She looks it at times.) buff.ly/1Kgiaam

Mar 03, 2015

Lindsey Graham on Pelosi's reaction to Bibi: “If you can get through all the surgeries, there’s disgust.” buff.ly/17PgJhj @msfauxpas

Mar 03, 2015

RT @willwilkinson: "Art requires a radical new form to capture the unprecedented present" is a tiresome old thought.

Mar 03, 2015

RT @dbrauer: Teenagers in costumes straight out of circus sideshows “@StribGuy: By Dave Mona! Strib @bobdylan story archived 1965 pic.twitter.com/4gDrpmbUH0

Mar 03, 2015

Sweet Briar College Will Close Its Doors in August: Cultural changes made it obsolete buff.ly/1EKWTB6

Mar 03, 2015

@RonCharles The worst kind of book review. No purpose other than filling precious space and taking precious attention.

Mar 03, 2015

RT @walterolson: I thought Hillary already had: "After Eight Years of Losses, End the Govt’s Postal Monopoly" [Bandow, @CatoInstitute] cato.org/blog/after-eig…

Mar 03, 2015

@franklinh3000 @gabrielrossman Hey, how about that "libertarian moment." I remember when the boomers were going to deliver it!

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