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Why isn’t there a Neil deGrasse Tyson for the humanities? We blame Camille Paglia

Last week, Adam Weinstein asked on Gawker: Where Is the Humanities’ Neil deGrasse Tyson? Coming on the heels of Nick Kristof’s badly-framed and much-derided call for professors to speak more broadly and openly to nonacademic audiences (as if we don’t already do that, every chance we get), Weinstein’s question was…

Camille Paglia May Be A Horrible Person, By Which I Mean She Is

Today’s Camille Paglia column has been roundly vilified for its idiotic take on Palin’s decision to drop out; I think it deserves vilification for an entirely different reason. A conservative reader writes in to Camille, presumably because he doesn’t want to be challenged or provoked in any way: I am…

I Know You By The Wink Of Your Eye

Were I one to accuse others of racism, I would surely point out how racist it is that a person doesn’t “know” Barack Obama after two years of being at the apex of the national spotlight, but can look into Sarah Palin’s eyes through the TV and know that this…

Talking Well And Informing White People

Barack Obama needs to stop acting so fucking black. White people hate that shit. That’s the central thesis of Camille Paglia’s latest article, in which Obama’s “folksy come-on” (read: failing to speak with the meticulously precise locution that he should – or, in the more common parlance, not being “well-spoken”…

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