Camille Paglia

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Camille Paglia

All objects, all phases of culture are alive. They have voices. They speak of their history and interrelatedness. And they are all talking at once!More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Cinema is the culmination of the obsessive, mechanistic male drive in western culture. The movie projector is an Apollonian straight-shooter, demonstrating the link between aggression and art. Every pictorial framing is a ritual limitation, a barred precinct.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
American universities are organized on the principle of the nuclear rather than the extended family. Graduate students are grimly trained to be technicians rather than connoisseurs. The old German style of universal scholarship has gone.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest. They are both amoral and immoral, consciously breaking rules. Their evil look at such times is no human projection: the cat may be the only animal who savors the perverse or reflects upon it.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our major universities are now stuck with an army of pedestrian, toadying careerists, Fifties types who wave around Sixties banners to conceal their record of ruthless, beaver-like tunneling to the top.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We need a new kind of feminism, one that stresses personal responsibility and is open to art and sex in all their dark, unconsoling mysteries. The feminist of the fin de sicle will be bawdy, streetwise, and on-the-spot confrontational, in the prankish Sixties way.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the theory of gender I began from zero. There is no masculine power or privilege I did not covet. But slowly, step by step, decade by decade, I was forced to acknowledge that even a woman of abnormal will cannot escape her hormonal identity.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship. Art history has attained only a fraction of the conceptual sophistication of literary criticism. Drunk with self-love, criticism has hugely overestimated the centrality of language to western culture. It has failed to see the electrifying sign language of images.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Jesus was a brilliant Jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improviser. His parables are great one-liners.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Prostitution is not just a service industry, mopping up the overflow of male demand, which always exceeds female supply. Prostitution testifies to the amoral power struggle of sex, which religion has never been able to stop. Prostitutes, pornographers, and their patrons are marauders in the forest of archaic night.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy that nature has put there. Nuclear war would be just a spark in the grandeur of space. Nor can radiation alter nature: she will absorb it all. After the bomb, nature will pick up the cards we have spilled, shuffle them, and begin her game again.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A woman simply is, but a man must become. Masculinity is risky and elusive. It is achieved by a revolt from woman, and it is confirmed only by other men. Manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Pornography is human imagination in tense theatrical action; its violations are a protest against the violations of our freedom by nature.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Popular culture is the new Babylon, into which so much art and intellect now flow. It is our imperial sex theater, supreme temple of the western eye. We live in the age of idols. The pagan past, never dead, flames again in our mystic hierarchies of stardom.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My generation of the Sixties, with all our great ideals, destroyed liberalism, because of our excesses.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The 1990s, after the reign of terror of academic vandalism, will be a decade of restoration: restoration of meaning, value, beauty, pleasure, and emotion to art and restoration of art to its audience.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We should teach general ethics to both men and women, but sexual relationships themselves must not be policed. Sex, like the city streets, would be risk-free only in totalitarian regimes.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You have to accept the fact that part of the sizzle of sex comes from the danger of sex. You can be overpowered.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men but rather their conqueror, an outlaw who controls the sexual channel between nature and culture.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.More Camille Paglia [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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