Camille Paglia’s new collection, Sex, Art, and American Culture, shows the belligerent and pyrotechnical polymath in a number of poses, from sober critic to flamboyant celebrity spouting hyperbolic opinions.[1] There are tossed-off op-ed pieces, more or less traditional book reviews, autobiographical musings, and a memoir of an inter-cultural teaching experiment. Most substantive are the transcript of an MITlecture (plus Q & A), and a long article called “Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders” that, originating as a review for Arion of two books of classical gay studies, swells into an exposé of the methodologically and intellectually shaky foundations of all such “social constructionist” enterprises and winds up with high-minded suggestions for curricular reform in more or less...

 
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