Monday, February 07, 2005

The Gentleman Returns!

From an interview with the author of The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry:
Q: Is your book descriptive or prescriptive? In other words, do you see a lack of gentlemen among the male population and seek to remedy the problem in your book?

Miner: The book is boldly descriptive and only mutedly prescriptive. I'm not an evangelist for chivalry, and in any case my view is that the descriptive part -- the detailing of the history, the telling of stories, the listing of virtues -- amounts to a kind of prescription, at least for the few willing to swallow the medicine.

"We need scholarship." I couldn't agree with that part more.

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