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He Writes, He Edits, He Swims, He Models: What Can’t Willard Spiegelman Do?


by Jerome Weeks 21 Sep 2008

On p. 90 of today’s The New York Times Magazine — and in a slide show on the Times’ website — Willard Spiegelman, SMU English professor and editor of The Southwest Review, appears as a male model. The issue is dedicated to teaching, and Dr. Spiegelman is an exemplum of a “Class Act,” one of […]

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On p. 90 of today’s The New York Times Magazine — and in a slide show on the Times’ website Willard Spiegelman, SMU English professor and editor of The Southwest Review, appears as a male model. The issue is dedicated to teaching, and Dr. Spiegelman is an exemplum of a “Class Act,” one of six college teachers appearing in the Style section. They all make “academia look good” — in Dr. Spiegelman’s case, he’s looking good in front of an ivy-covered wall with a Brooks Brothers windowpane jacket plus Ralph Lauren waistcoat. It’s an ensemble that does make him appear George Will-ish, although perhaps that is the fate these days of all dapper, mature gents wearing a bow tie.

Conveniently, in other fashion news in the Times, Caroline Weber reviews Glamour: A History by Stephen Gundle. The glamorous, she quotes Gundle, exemplify ” accessible exclusivity” and “democratic elitism,” not to mention, ahem, “sleazy elegance.” By doing so, “the glamorous personality is always performing for an audience, without whose envy or admiration he or she would not exist.” Dr. Spiegelman, we note, wears his glamor lightly, shoulders back, head high.

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