Sexiest Cerebral Man: nominations are open

Who tops your list?


The proposal advanced (see comments on previous post) that a certain Newfoundland-born media personality might actually rate as Canada’s Sexiest Cerebral Man forces me to call for more persuasive suggestions. Off the top, I suggest for your consideration:

Our ninth prime minister, Sir Arthur Meighen was, I’ve read, a very smart guy. Even though he wasn’t much of a politician, we can see that he knew how to part his hair. Sharp.

Our greatest humanist thinker, literary critic Northrop Frye, was a bit too tweedy to be regarded as a chick magnet. But I think you’ll agree that this view of him, headlong, locks flowing, hint at a barely contained magnetism.

I had never heard of Michael Manga, born in Hamilton, Ont., educated in Montreal, before People declared the associate professor of earth and planetary science at the University of California a sexy guy. I bow to that publication’s established wisdom in this matter, however, and offer as this image, in which the professor appears to be under the illusion that he is being photographed for boy-band project.

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Sexiest Cerebral Man: nominations are open

    • Yeesh, personal literary consultant. Gotta take a break . . .

  1. k.d. lang

    “Meat stinks”

  2. Don’t forget to give Andrew Potter credit for coining the phrase back in 2005.

  3. Cerebral doesn’t really mean smart or intelligent. It just means that someone relies on their intelligence rather than emotion etc. – they could still be relying on a small amount of said intelligence. Just so we have our criteria straight.

  4. It’s only Iggy if he’s in a thong! Excuse me while I go put sand in my eyes!

  5. Too easy. Leonard Cohen. Next!


    • I second the nomination.

  7. I pick Lord Black.

    • Only if he wears that spiffy red gown, and the wig of course, must have the wig.

  8. Trudeau. Hello!? (The original)

  9. And to name one of his rivals, not necessarily cerebral, but a statesman perhaps, Alberta’s Ol’ Blue Eyes–Peter Lougheed

  10. I can’t believe that nobody has mentioned J.K. Galbraith yet. Indisputably cerebral, lanky good looks, a sprinkling of Kennedy mystique, and he was always the tallest man in the room.

    • Good at math too!

  11. Seems that whoever called Iggy “intellectual” forgot to insert the prefix “pseudo” in front of the word. As for “sexy”, only a hippo would call a hippo sexy.

    • Can one be pseudo-sexy?

  12. Jim Stanford. ‘Nuff said.

    • cerebral, not cereal bar

      • Bahahaaaa… good one. You made me cough my milk out of my nose.

  13. Must be Andrew Coyne. Else why would he be on TV so much ?

    But then they always have him ‘tween Chantel and Gregg, so it might just be a case of the lesser ……

    On the other hand , I always get a tingle when Scott Reid shows up.

  14. Andrew Coyne!! Hands down!! Tall, dark, handsome, intense and brooding with the occasional flash of boyish charm.

  15. JOE WHO?? 4 sure. Lol

  16. sexy and cerebral are leonard cohen’s middle name (check his passport)

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