Manolo says, ayyyyyyy! The Manolo he has been nominated for the 2005 Weblog Award in the category of the Best Culture/Gossip Blog.
It is such the honor just to have been nominated. And the Manolo he vows to work for the world peace and the spread of the doctrine of super fantasticness if elected to this honored position.
Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the Virginia Postrel, she is also purse blogging today!
Actually, the Virginia she is cool blogging, posting the article in which the she considers what it is that makes something “cool”, and among the things cited as being cool for her is the most attractive purse from the BCBG Max Azria.
Ultimately, however, although the Virginia can point to the items of coolness, she cannot explain exactly what it is that makes them cool.
This it is because the “coolness” is more about the emotional than the intellectual.
In the past the Manolo he has discussed this matter of the super fantastic, which although not the same as coolness is similar enough for the purposes of this discussion. In such discussions, always the Manolo returns to this conclusion.
Sometimes the Manolo he can explain why something, it is super fantastic. Other times, the Manolo can only feel the super fantasticness in the vibrating of his very being.
This it is the recognition that the emotional response to the item under consideration precedes and and sometimes preempts the rational consideration, so that we want something before we know precisely why we want it.
It is the opinion of the Manolo that if we have trained out tastes over time, through exposure to truly wonderful things, we can come to rely upon such emotional responses as being worthwhile of acknowledgement. So that, for the example, the Manolo he does not need to articulate and explain why he loves the particular shoe, because he can feel, and he has learned to trust his tastes in such matters of feeling.
This it is exactly what is happening to the Manolo’s friend the Virginia. She cannot articulate why, but she nonetheless knows.
P.S. You must also buy the Virginia’s book The Substance of Style : How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness. It is one of the Manolo’s favorite books from the past two years, and it would make the fine gift for one who likes to consider the role of style in the modern world.