It Always Comes
Down to Women
Political humorist (and Toledo native) P.J. O'Rourke has a new book out. In a recent interview with Radar Magazine, he tells the real story of why he became a man of the left in his early days, before heading right in later life:
'...my being left-wing had more to do with meeting girls. It was my first weekend of college and I was just walking down an alley with bars on either side, and on one side was the bar where all the football players and the frat guys and the cute sorority girls all hung out. And on the other side of the alley was the beatnik bar. And I'm looking at the Tri-Delts and the Kappa Kappa Gammas over there at the clean-cut kid bar, and I'm thinking, You know? I'm not gonna cut it over there. I don't play football. I'm not tall and good-looking. I'm not rich. I'm not legacy at Sigma Chi. And then I looked over at the beatnik bar, and I thought, Man, I'll bet those girls do it. And so I turned left into the beatnik bar and didn't emerge for about a decade. So it was really that. It was no deeper than that.'