Category Archives: Books

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

Posted in Books | Tagged , , | 33 Comments

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

Posted in Books | Tagged , , | 29 Comments

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

Posted in Books, James Joyce, On This Day | Tagged | 26 Comments

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

Posted in Actors, Books | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

The Books: Sex, Art, and American Culture; “Madonna II: Venus of the Radio Waves,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays, by Camille Paglia. I’ve got strong feelings about Camille Paglia. I suppose everyone does, pro or con. I’ve been seeking out this woman’s columns since my post-college years, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Music | Tagged , , , | 20 Comments

The Books: Baseball: A Literary Anthology; from “Head Down”, by Stephen King

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Baseball: A Literary Anthology Stephen King is a famous … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Happy Birthday, Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s epitaph to his dog: One who possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man, without his vices. This praise would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but … Continue reading

Posted in Books, On This Day, writers | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

The Books: Baseball: A Literary Anthology; from The Autobiography of Leroi Jones, by Amiri Baraka

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Baseball: A Literary Anthology Amiri Baraka (née Leroi Jones) … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin: Excerpt from Arguably, ‘Benjamin Franklin: Free and Easy’, by Christopher Hitchens

A re-post for Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, born in Massachusetts on this day in 1706. On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens My grandmother had a big illustrated copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac, which I had practically memorized by … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Founding Fathers, On This Day | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments