Saturday, February 17, 2007


Harry Houdini was a man’s man. He died of peritonitis, possibly caused by a stupid demonstration of his own butchness.

As wikipedia explains, the causal connection is not that clear, but the stupid demonstration actually took place:
Houdini was reclining on his couch after his performance, having an art student sketch him. When Whitehead came in and asked if it was true that Houdini could take any blow to the stomach, Houdini replied in the affirmative. In this instance, he was struck several times, before Houdini protested. Whitehead reportedly continued hitting Houdini several times afterwards, and Houdini acted as though he were in some pain.

I guess most people would call that a “manly” interaction. It’s true that many women are attracted to dominant, physically powerful men.

Teenage boys worry that they aren’t or won’t be big enough or strong enough to attract the girls. There’s good news, you don’t have to be Hercules to attract women, not if you have a voice like Jaoa Gilberto.

I had a boyfriend once who would sometimes since softly right into my ear. There was something very intimate about it.

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