Category Archives: Camille Paglia

New Year Book Haul

  First up on this fine new year is ‘The Ambassador Magazine’, published by the Victoria and Albert museum to celebrate a magazine which was used to sell British fashion and textiles abroad. I’d never heard of such a thing … Continue reading

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Books of the Year 2018

‘Strange, sinister, funny and profound, ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata is a compendium of the rules of society and how these might be navigated by someone who, rather than rebelling against those norms, simply doesn’t understand them – a … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Firstly, a wonderful new collection of essays by the incomparable Camille Paglia. Since her arrival on the international stage in the early 1990s, Paglia has produced many, many thought provoking pieces, which educate, titillate, shock and entertain in equal measure. … Continue reading

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Returning to Reims – Didier Eribon

‘Our past is still there in our present. So we remake ourselves, we recreate ourselves (a task that is never finished, always needing to be taken up again), but we do not make ourselves, we do not create ourselves.’ Edouard … Continue reading

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This Week’s Book Haul

First up this week is a career-spanning collection of essays by Camille Paglia. Since the 1990s, Paglia has been a provocative, intriguing, sometimes infuriating, but never, ever boring commentator on issues around sexuality and gender. Full of energy, wit, knowledge … Continue reading

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Something to look forward to…

Little Deaths – Emma Flint (Jan 12) It’s the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young … Continue reading

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