The bestselling author of Sexual Personae and Sex, Art, and American Culture is back with a fiery new collection of essays on everything from art and celebrity. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. I admit, albeit with a great deal of embarrassment, that I am a fan of Camille Paglia. I mean, you’ve got to give props to anyone who keeps a straight face while.

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New Essays by Camille Paglia. The bestselling author of Sexual Personae and Sex, Art, and American Culture is back with a fiery new collection of damille on everything from art and celebrity to gay activism, Lorena Bobbitt to Bill and Hillary. These essays have never appeared in book form, and many will be appearing in print for the first time.

Paperbackpages. Published October 11th by Vintage first published October 10th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 06, PM rated it liked it. Paglia is an acquired taste. She’s fun and likes to push people’s buttons. Whether or not you agree with her, she’s a true original thinker who is pretty full of herself.

Jun 13, Natalie rated it did not like it Shelves: Yeah, I said it. View all 8 comments. Sep 16, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: Ah, ma bon Camille I stumbled across this title when I was reading other reviews on this site and I was charmed to find that I could glimpse, grunt a bit, and quietly murmur in that way known to the freakishly bookish “I read that. Such an undergrad type of book. Her style is all meathooks and dynamite.

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Not to say it wasn’t salient- I still shudder and remove myself from engaging with the more dense and sci-fi sterile tomes of Frenchified Filosophy- “gunk” was the fun and Ah, ma bon Camille Not to say it wasn’t salient- I still shudder and remove myself from engaging with the more dense and sci-fi sterile tomes of Frenchified Filosophy- “gunk” was the fun and bracing and refreshingly colloqial term camillr used.

I have always enjoyed her insouciance. She’s a whip-smart cultural critic when she’s not trying tdamps be uber edgy, provacative, obsterperously outrageous. It was exciting to read back when I was 18 or so, on a very radical, if solicitous and self-righteous campus, just coming into some buildungsroman awareness of the political myself, after painfully shedding religious terpitude.

Paglia was the jolting breath of life to me, at that damille age when sex is more in the head than anywhere else. And it was a lot of fun, energizing indeed, to read her one woman pagllia against the squares and the prudes and the persnickities.


She gave me a jolt of sugary, near-lucidating brain energy, maybe a really cold fanta for the burgeoning belletrist. It made me want to at least dream of being a provocative intellectual myself one day one day! I used to have a crush on her. Now she’s more like a kooky old aunt I remember hanging out with before I left for summer camp.

When I found out she was in Yale in the 70’s in Bloom’s class I asked a teacher I knew could be placed in the same milieu if he knew of her at all and he said with a certain kind of poky nonchalance that he did- he sat next to her in class, in fact. What was she like? Oct 30, Orna Ross rated it really liked it. The answer, of course, is no. When she met the media it was love at first sight and the infatuation looks like settling into a longterm affair.

So much for the medium, what about he message? She collapses the cultural into the social. If feminism has stayed aloof it is because feminism is about arming women with more weapons that the double-edged sword of sexual allure. She writes about art pagkia popular culture with passion and knowledge. She crams more no-holds barred ideas into a chapter than many of her critics do into a lifetime and presents them with oodles more wit and style. Read her and rage. Jul 22, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: I went to a college that believed, strongly believed, in a well rounded education.

We had to take many courses that were outside of our major. A really good idea considering the state of education today. One of the courses I took for my distribution requirements vakps a sociology class that dealt with race and ethnicity. We had to buy and supposedly read three books for the class.

I say supposedly because even though we were told to read This Bridge Called My Back Writings by Radical Women of Colo I went to a college that believed, strongly believed, in a well rounded education.

I hated that book for three reasons. One, we paid for it but the teachers never used it. Two, we were told to read it, but the teachers never used it.

Three, there was an essay in the collection that said you couldn’t be a feminist if you were a white woman or a heterosexual.

The class was taught by two women, one of whom made fun of a female student who said she would change her last name upon getting married. I got a good grade because I barely said anything. I hardly said anything because I felt like my views were wrong or strange or too different as well as low self esteemand I saw what happened in that class if an disagreed with the status quo. You have no idea how much guts canille takes me to post reviews on this website I wish that I had read Vamps and Tramps or anything by Camille Paglia at that time.

I think it would have saved me years of feeling too different and strange. I think students should be challenged by ideas that are different, radical, or upsetting, but students should have the right to challenge those beliefs too. Today, Paglia’s book is somewhat dated.


It is most likely not as shocking vammps it once was. Some of what she tackles, however, is still current today. There is a backlash palia different views on college campuses which I believe hinders learning.

There is a tendency of young women to see feminism as something evil.

I may disagree with Paglia on some things, but she is never boring. I think we need more writers like her. That is, writers who are not afraid to say what they think and to challenge mouthpieces. In this collection, the best and most thought provoking essay is “No Law in the Arena”. In this essay, Paglia tackles views on the gender wars as well as rape and canille.

What Paglia does in her writing is truly examine something. I may not agree with all her conclusions, but at least she makes me think. At least, she doesn’t make me feel stupid if I disagree with her. This last bit is interesting because Paglia is cutting in some of the transcripts, but when she is talking to the reader, she is never condensending, challenging but not insulting.

It really is a dialogue. Even though the essay appeared 15 years ago, it still is current because we are still wrestling with the same va,ps. Other essays in the book are slightly dated.

One wonders, for instance, how different “Diana Regina” would be today after Princess Diana’s death, something that in retrospect, Paglia’s seems to foreshadow. Additionally, the book is getting four stars because it is very heavy on the ego. This is very true of the last 60 pages. What I found most interesting, however, were her comments about teaching and about students which are still current today.

I would take her attack on Political Correctness further. I would say in addition to hindering debate and learning, PC hinders the student from learning to read actively.

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So many students have been turned off of reading for a host of reasons. They are told they are not reading literature, that they are stupid if they like that book, that they shouldn’t read that because it is X X is always something bad. Reading is a skill that needs to be developed.

Only reading political correct works hinders that. View all 3 comments. Apr 08, Helena rated it really liked it Shelves: What does pound [metaphorically] contraversial gender theory intellectual write about? This is pure indulgent joy, with a lot of really sharp and eye opening cultural criticism lying around in the set dressing. May 12, Richard rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d probably have given it five stars if it had been edited down somewhat. Some of the stuff here is the boring kind of self-indulgent.