The Golden State Is Now the Gritty State

California Used to Be About Glamour—Today It’s About Toughness

California’s reputation as a supremely glamorous and wealthy place was once so entrenched that even its sports teams had to live up to the image. The “Showtime” Lakers of the 1980s played a brand of basketball as Hollywood as the stars sitting courtside. The 49ers, under quarterback Joe Montana, gave the violent game of football the elegance of the San Francisco Ballet.

Perhaps that’s why it’s so jarring that the most valuable sports franchise in California may be the Los Angeles Clippers, long known for mediocre-at-best basketball (and a racist owner). …

The Stuff Made of Dreams

Virginia Postrel Explains Why We Need Glamour

What defines glamour, and why do we need it? Bloomberg View columnist Virginia Postrel, author of The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, offered her thoughts …

Please Don’t Dream About Impressing Keith Urban

What Do We Glamorize in 2013 That We Shouldn’t?

American popular culture has long glamorized the unhealthy and unsavory. We go to the movies and watch attractive people puffing cigarettes or mafiosos strutting around in sharkskin suits killing off …