Now, why would a guy as incredibly handsome, smart, and successful as David Brooks feel the need to churn out another concern-trolling column urging women to choose marriage over career success? It’s clear that this rugged specimen of American manhood should have nothing whatsoever to worry about in terms of attracting and holding onto a beautiful, successful, ambitious woman like (for example) the Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock! The author of cutting-edge social analyses such as Bobos in Paradise (2000) is a clearly towering intellect–it’s on all of my syllabi, as I’m sure it is on all of yours, too. And, although of course I can’t speak from personal experience, I’m sure he is the dignified bearer of enormous and very long-lasting erections.
I just can’t figure out why a guy like that would write something that tries to hang enormous historical, philosophical, and sociological issues around the neck of someone he doesn’t know at all, and about whose marriage and personal life he knows little if anything aside from what he reads on the cover of the tabloids at the supermarket!