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Happy Birthday, Truman Capote

A re-post for Truman Capote’s birthday, which is today. Gerald Clarke devoted an entire chapter to how this 1957 profile of Marlon Brando came about in his definitive biography of Truman Capote. ‘The Duke In His Doman’ is a famous … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Slouching Towards Bethlehem: ‘John Wayne: A Love Story’, by Joan Didion

For John Wayne’s Birthday A second excerpt from the essay collection: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics), by Joan Didion This is one of the best things written about John Wayne. It’s not just an essay about who he was … 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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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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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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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

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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

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