Sunday, March 12, 2006

Harvard Man

Forget Machiavelli and Burke. It's writing about the feminist movement's encouragement of androgyny (as Harvey Mansfield now has) that gets you noticed -- or at least gets your picture in the New York Times. Actually, Mansfield's new book on manliness isn't short of philosophic commentary from Homer to Nietzsche.

In any case, Deborah Solomon peppers the Harvard sage with questions about manliness (though not about the differences between Achilles and Socrates) in today's New York Times Magazine, but Naomi Schaefer Riley's interview with Mansfield in last weekend's Wall St. Journal is much better.

(Why are all these women lining up to interview a guy who wrote a book on manliness?)

Anyway, maybe someday I'll look this cool in a suit....


Blogger Patrick said...

That NY Times reporter is a bit of a brat, and her question about differences in strength no longer being useful shows how insulated she is from the blue collar world.

9:31 PM  
Blogger John Coumarianos said...

Definitely a brat. I thought HCM more than held his own. His answer about Bush was great.

11:25 PM  

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