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Lusting After Success

 by Julie Hanus

Tags: essay writing, laws of attraction, success, Oregon Humanities, Alexis Nelson,

The idea is familiar: Success is sexy. I’ve often blithely declared it myself, most often when paging through gossip magazines in the supermarket check-out lane, positing how odd couples came to be. But as for the nature of that particular brand of attraction, how it functions, how it feels—that’s a rarely told story. Writing for Oregon Humanities, Alexis Nelson takes readers for a frank spin through an attraction rekindled in the heat of accomplishment. “That night, I understood for the first time how closely success and money are bound with attraction and sex,” she writes. “This was a truth I experienced intuitively, on a physical level I couldn’t deny.”