The Wall Street Journal has a story about how Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny is America’s #1 bestselling book. The author is Holly Madison, a 35-year-old who was at one time Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend and lived in the Playboy Mansion (Hefner is 89).
The reader comments are interesting. One reader disputes that there is any “correlation, positive or negative, between beauty and intelligence. Some beautiful women are intelligent and some are not.” This is at variance with “Intelligence and physical attractiveness” (Kanazawa 2011, Intelligence), which found a positive correlation.
Here’s a response to a commenter attacking Madison for being a bimbo:
Actually she is quite an intelligent person. I heard her do an interview with a business news site two years or so ago. I was very impressed with her performance. She’s articulate, can think on her feet (or her back, depending, I guess on the needs of the moment) and is not afraid of any questions. Unlike interviews that the news media does with Hillary Clinton, the interview was not rehearsed, the questions were not presented to her in advance so her staff could prepare canned answers, and the interviewer did not fawn all over her George Stephanopolus-style.
Yes, she used her assets. Why not? Do we really think that the offspring of rich, powerful politicians and mega rich media moguls really shot right to the top of daddy’s empire because of their brains and business ability?
Andrew Cuomo would be parking cars for a living if not for daddy.
What about the general idea of Americans being more interested in the memoir of a rich geezer’s young girlfriend than in The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece (a recent download to my Kindle, though I haven’t read it yet)? Kenneth Tarr noted
In some ways, entertainment today is like the Roman amphitheaters in days of old, when entertainment had to become more extreme to keep the citizens engaged.
Has anyone who reads this blog also read this book? What is there to say about Ms. Madison’s bestseller?
If you are a success out West, get ready for women to pretend to be your soul mate, until you don’t fall for their lies and trickery. Then, since their Plan A failed at you getting them pregnant so they can live off child support for the rest of their lives, Plan B kicks in: the rape and abuse allegations. The goal is to get the same amount of money but by different means. I had five women attempt to scam me after moving out West. Of the five, two were psychopaths — with children from many different fathers! All living off over $10,000 a month in child support.