" This image came to mind the other afternoon at a dramatic reading by Annabelle Gurwitch and Sam Tsoutsouvas of "Arthur Schnitzler -- Being Jewish," a work based on Schnitzler's own writings as culled by Lorenzo Bellettini, an Austrian scholar.The performance at USC was followed by a panel discussion about Schnitzler and his work, with the speakers including Bellettini, Peter Schnitzler -- the documentarian and Schnitzler's grandson -- the Austrian journalist Philipp Blom and historian Sharon Gillerman from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. And you can't get anything sexier than little black dresses. You can tell because they're all wearing little black dresses. Except Nicky, her unknown assailant, Greg and Carla and the new generals. They had sex appeal as a couple before they moved in to the White House. Kissinger said power was the great aphrodisiac, and he was right. According to Nature magazine, within a second or two of a heterosexual man and woman being introduced, their brains will have made a thousand tiny calibrations about whether they want to procreate with each other. A new book about Bonnie and Clyde reveals that the couple once tried to steal a car from four old ladies who were playing croquet.It is the reason, the only reason, John Major and John Prescott can be mentioned in the same sentence as Jack Kennedy and Bill Clinton. He invented the most magical, potentially creative tool in history – the World Wide Web – and what was the first thing mankind did with it? When they demanded the keys, the old ladies attacked them with their mallets so viciously that the bankrobbers had to run away.Exactly 35,000 years ago – archaeologists are strangely precise about these things – a caveman in what was to become southern Germany started whittling away at a tusk. Not a profound one, I admit, but an awareness of a fundamental truth about the human condition nonetheless. It is the great secret we all share, the dark continent, the subject of subjects.
You were always going to stand by your man, weren't you?
He understood that sex is the motivation behind all our actions, what makes us robots – or rather hairless proboscis monkeys – servicing the interests of our selfish genes. Even the high-minded Charles Moore has been swooning. A game so good not even an association with John Prescott can diminish its appeal.
The money we make, the music we listen to, even the politicians we vote for, all is to do with sex. OK, perhaps not a good example, but how about Barack and Michelle Obama? And when John Major first sat in the Cabinet Room after becoming Prime Minister, he asked his aides: "So I can invite anyone I want for lunch… " Would the Gurkhas' cause have been as popular had Susan Boyle been their champion? But as well as bringing out a player's competitive side, it also makes him or her homicidal.
The story of aphrodisiacs covers thousands of years and, in the era of Viagra, has reached a new peak.
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