It’s the unknown that draws people.
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
I’ve been thinking a lot about the role being mysterious plays in leading a glamorous life. You see, when my elderly father-in-law fell and broke his hip two months ago, I immediately began telling everyone who would listen all of the details. But, this past weekend, I remembered what Virginia Postrel said in The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion* regarding how glamour’s power is in the hidden, the shadows, and the unseen. When the reality is shown in the light of day, glamour melts away.
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For years and years, we’ve been told to be “authentic,” to let it all hang out, so to speak. In the process of showing our authentic selves in the light of day, we lost the power that comes from being mysterious.
So, my Glamour Goal of the Week is to reclaim that power by trying to be more mysterious. Who is with me?
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