My friend who likes the "sexy mind" guys like Richard Holbrooke gave me a hard time yesterday for my freebie list. "Those guys are just good-looking!" she gasped in shock. Where's the intellectual beef? Because there absolutely is something to be said for a sexy mind, I have now chosen a number five who is not merely a pretty boy.
I considered Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker (another sexy mind who has rotated through my friend's list). His column about intelligent design and the White House's rejection of science in last week's issue was especially funny. Anyone who can turn a phrase like "albeit with a whiff of the risible" is all right in my book. However, I've seen photographs, and...Hendrik just doesn't do it for me.
Who else is ferociously smart but has enough charisma to offset a lack of traditional matinee-idol handsomeness? Bill Clinton. Facts in his favor: He went to Yale for law school. He was a Rhodes Scholar. He is known as a voracious reader. Hillary Rodham found him to be a worthy life partner. He's articulate. And—this is key—he digs crossword puzzles. Added to that are tremendous amounts of charm, warmth, compassion, passion, and humor.
So there you have it: Wong, Willis, Clooney, Pitt, and Clinton. The Five Temptations.
Update: Wait, do I need to jettison one of the pretty boys in favor of someone really funny? Laughing is good. Who's so damn funny that he's hot?