Five authors topped The Daily Beast‘s first annual “Thinking Man’s Sex Symbol” list, causing plenty of debate at the new website.
Compiled by celebrity host and journalist Toure, the list featured novelists Jhumpa Lahiri and Zadie Smith, nonfiction writer Samantha Power, and two soon-to-be bestselling authors–Sarah Silverman and Tina Fey. Those last two comedians generated big advance backlash when they secured multi-million dollar advances for upcoming books.
Here’s an excerpt from the essay: “A man has two minds. The lower mind is a brainless whore excited by any woman with breasts, curves, and a thong. The upper mind, which works with actual grey matter, is more persnickety. The upper mind, when employed, is moved by intelligence, success, power, self-confidence, a smart sense of humor, and, of course, not having a castrating nature.”