October 17, 2012 |
In the popular media, Philadelphia-based cultural critic Camille Paglia often is portrayed as a disruptive, antiauthoritarian feminist, a veritable banshee ripping apart all that's good, true, and beautiful. Her first book, after all, had the s-word in its title - Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson , which seemed to argue that all our treasured myths and art works were the expression of male anxiety over women's power to reproduce. Well, so much for media stereotypes.
November 13, 1990 |
On a lazy Friday afternoon, Camille Paglia, the steel-plated Madonna of American intellectual life, drop-kicks verbal grenades in her corner office at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. The world's flashiest big-mouth scholar of 1990, she makes racetrack announcers sound like Parkinson's patients, and she knows it. "I am the most obnoxious woman in world history!" the 43-year-old humanities professor warns over the phone. Why argue? Did Cleopatra's eyes bulge like this? Could Joan of Arc spit out apostasy this fast?
April 11, 1998 |
Our own Camille Paglia is the head cheerleader of a planned Museum of Sex in New York City. Why, we're shocked! It is, after all, no great surprise that Paglia - author, feminist basher, social taboo buster and all around outrageous pundit - is a big fan of sex and art. And, apparently, she's also a major fan of the woman behind the Museum of Sex: artist Alison Maddex, Paglia's longtime lover. The museum, described in yesterday's New York Post as "the ultimate in artistic exhibitionism" is in the planning stages, said Max Green, a Los Angeles publicist.
September 7, 1991
At this point, considering the times and customs, we are not going to waste any breath complaining about the decision of Tai Collins, the erstwhile friend of Virginia Sen. Charles A. Robb, to disrobe for a Playboy photographer. (Yes, we admit it, we did skim the article and look briefly at the 15 color pictures while leafing through to find the interview with Philadelphia author Camille Paglia, which was the sole reason we purchased the magazine.) And Ms. Collins is also entitled to dispute the senator's claim that he never got more intimate with her than as the gracious recipient of a backrub in his New York hotel room.
May 11, 1991
LOSERS IN THE LAND OF LOTUS-EATERS The children of the '60s have passed, and many of us, through folly, hubris or mischance, have died or been left sleeping in the land of the lotus-eaters. The palace has been taken over by shallow upstarts, raiding and wasting the treasury laid up by so many noble generations. It's time to clean house. . . . Most of this country's academic leftists are no more radical than my Aunt Hattie. Sixties radicals rarely went on to graduate school; if they did, they often dropped out. If they made it through, they had trouble getting a job and keeping it. They remain mavericks, isolated, off-center.
May 26, 1995 |
John Wayne Bobbitt, best-known for suffering sexual mutilation at the hands of his wife, stole the show at the Oscars of X-rated movies to collect an honorary award for his first video. The fledgling actor, whose tape relating his adventure has broken all records to sell 60,000 copies in the United States alone, starred among the selected few collecting Golden Hot awards at a gala ceremony Wednesday night. Bobbitt, who became famous after his wife Lorena performed a penisectomy on him with a filleting knife, announced to applause that he was planning a sequel.
November 6, 1992 |
And you thought Philadelphia was a cheesesteak and soft pretzel kind of town. Not so, according to a recent Newsweek cover story that listed the cultural elite's top 100. Quite expectedly, New York and Hollywood personalities dominated, but four prominent Philadelphians showed up on the list, more than from any other non-coastal city. According to Newsweek, Philadelphia's local "elitists" are: Houston Baker, director of the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania and president of the Modern Language Association, which Newsweek simplistically credits with putting political correctness on the map; Camille Paglia, controversial University of the Arts scholar, termed a "cultural terrorist;" Rebecca Sinkler, editor of the New York Times Book Review, who commutes daily from her Center City home, and Bill Cosby, currently hosting You Bet Your Life, which, Newsweek writes, "even snotty critics love.
September 23, 1992 |
QUOTE "I was speechless . . . that in a time like this, when there are a great number of young people not going to school, he would encourage truancy. " - Attallah Shabazz, on Spike Lee's suggestion that blacks students take off Nov. 20 to see his movie about her father, Malcolm X. OLD BOYS WILL BE OLD BOYS The following item is strictly Below the Beltway stuff, not too interesting to Philadelphia types. But the sentiment is so incredible we just had to pass it on. Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate George Allen (yeah, the son of the late Redskins coach)
December 29, 1995 |
Happy new year to all who helped us survive The traumatic crises of '95. Greetings, of course, to Mayor Rendell, C. Everett Koop and Patti LaBelle, Franny Rizzo, Governor Ridge And the mayor's lady, U.S. Judge Midge, Jane Dalton, the Library's Elliott Shelkrot, Bob Casey (you are not forgot). Drink a cup of kindness yet To Stockton Strawbridge, Joe Paquette, Bill Cosby. Let's sing "Auld Lang Syne" To Leon Sullivan, Frank Devine; Then sing another rousing chorus To Temple's Peter Liacouras, Wilson Goode and Moe Septee, Norma Shapiro, Rotan Lee, Cardinals Bevilacqua and Krol.