THE MARLBORO MAN: A 20TH CENTURY DAVID

This is a strange paper and it is hard to believe it was written over two decades ago, when I was a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. With the Marlboro Man having retired from his masculine omnipresence on billboards around the world, this paper seems more like the "art history" that inspired it. This is one of those papers that emerge from late night conversations at cafes, with way too much espresso. 

The paper was inspired by conversations with my girllfriend at that time (Andree, now an art historian) and Professor Jacques Brunschwig of the University of Paris, the elegant professor of philosophy who schooled me on Aristotle's theory of art and beauty. Brunschwig was one cool philosopher of the classics!