The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion

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The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion

There are those of us who tell ourselves that we are immune to such considerations as glamour; cold, hard-nosed realists, we spurn these flights of fancy in favor of what is here and now and truly tangible. And, of course, we’re lying through our teeth: had glamour never existed at the beginning of the species, it would surely have been invented early in our evolution. The wisdom of The Power of Glamour is in its recognition that while all things glamorous are not identical — one person’s daydream is another person’s nightmare — we react to them in the same way, by stepping off the distance between what we think we are and what we imagine what we might be. Those looking for a list of Things Considered Hip should probably look elsewhere; this book is not about what the cultural arbiters might think, but what we do with what we thought they were saying.