Category Archives: Books

The Books: Snapping: America’s Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change, by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman

Wow, okay, so here’s the deal. Since 2005, TWO THOUSAND FIVE, I’ve been posting daily (not really, but consistent enough to be an ongoing project) excerpts from my gigantic heavingly-huge book collection. I don’t just have books. I have a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Poet Andrew Marvell

A re-post for poet Andrew Marvell’s birthday Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats, edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine Another Metaphysical poet, Andrew Marvell … Continue reading

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The Books: Vamps & Tramps; “Love Poetry,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia. Camille Paglia is furious about what has been done to the canon in her lifetime. Furious, I tell you! Her three books (outside of the essay … Continue reading

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The Books: Vamps & Tramps; “Alice as Epic Hero,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been more picked apart and obsessed over than Tolkien’s Ring trilogy. It has been analyzed as political metaphor, cultural/social Victorian-era … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman A re-read. It’s so definitive that any book covering the same period (and there are libraries full of them) must reference it. One of her real gifts as a writer is giving … Continue reading

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The Books: Vamps & Tramps; “Brooklyn Nefertiti: Barbra Streisand,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia. Mitchell and I talk about Barbra Streisand all the time. Mitchell has this whole thing called “The Tao of Barbra,” and literally, if there is anything … Continue reading

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The Books: Vamps & Tramps; “No Law in the Arena,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia. So I hesitated to even post this because it turned into a monster personal essay, but what the hell. I also hesitated to post all those … Continue reading

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The Books: Sex, Art, and American Culture; “Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays, by Camille Paglia. I should say up front that I have no dog in this race. I am not in academia. I was not a humanities student or … Continue reading

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On This Day: February 2, 1882/1922

February 2, 1882: James Joyce was born in Rathgar, Ireland. February 2, 1922: Joyce’s Ulysses was published by Shakespeare & Co. I was on the platform, my heart going like the locomotive, as the train from Dijon came slowly to … Continue reading

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The Books: Sex, Art, and American Culture; “Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood’s Pagan Queen,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays, by Camille Paglia. When Elizabeth Taylor died it felt like the end of an era. Something vital had left the landscape. One of our Movie Goddesses, and unlike … Continue reading

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