Magazine December 31, 2012, Issue

Gadfly of the Arts

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych (© Tate, London 2012)
Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, by Camille Paglia (Pantheon, 202 pp., $30)

She’s a fast-talking gadfly-hipster, an iconoclastic critic of the cultural world, amusing, perceptive, and (occasionally) infuriating; sometimes glib, but seldom dull. Despite her dogmatic pronouncements, she’s a sort of intellectual shapeshifter, traditional, postmodern, conservative, liberal, and, sometimes, none of the above.

Although Camille Paglia often opines on the visual arts, Glittering Images is her first book devoted solely to the subject. In it, she tries to “chart the history and styles of Western art,” in an “attempt to reach a general audience for whom art is not a daily presence.” The journey doesn’t quite reach its destination, but with Paglia at

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Good Ol’ Tip

At the end of November, the House voted to name a building after Tip O’Neill — a building on Capitol Hill. John Boehner, the Republican chief, called O’Neill “a giant ...
Politics & Policy

Glorious Decline

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Features

Politics & Policy

The New Wisconsin

Michigan became a right-to-work state so swiftly that the Detroit Free Press couldn’t settle on a cliché to describe it: The legislation “moved like greased lightning,” wrote its reporters on ...
Politics & Policy

Federalism and Marriage

When supporters of same-sex marriage attack the federal Defense of Marriage Act, they invoke purported federalism concerns about the authority of the states to regulate marriage. But when they sue ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Real Cliff

One way of looking at the 2012 election is that Mitt Romney provided the most persuasive explanation for his defeat — six months before the voting. A surreptitious recording at ...
Politics & Policy

A Fizzy Bundle

Greg Gutfeld, host of Fox News’s sneaky, funny late-night show Red Eye, and co-host of its afternoon smash hit The Five, is an angry dwarf. His words, not mine. But the ...
Politics & Policy

Gadfly of the Arts

She’s a fast-talking gadfly-hipster, an iconoclastic critic of the cultural world, amusing, perceptive, and (occasionally) infuriating; sometimes glib, but seldom dull. Despite her dogmatic pronouncements, she’s a sort of intellectual ...
Politics & Policy

A Swollen Hobbit

The good news first: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, part one of the long-gestating trilogy of prequels to Peter Jackson’s astonishingly good Lord of the Rings, is not a failure, ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Saved, Not Abandoned “The Week” is a favorite part of my week. Thank you for it! But a point of clarification is needed for a paragraph from the December 17 issue, which ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ 2016 campaign slogan: Bin Laden is dead, AIG is alive! ‐ News of the passing of Judge Robert H. Bork, a National Review contributing editor, arrived as we were finishing ...
Athwart

Comrade Stone

The Showtime series Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States is like The Donner Party’s Christmas Cookbook — the title alone is sufficient warning. Some critics have objected to ...
The Long View

Bestseller Excerpts

From The Republican Brain Trust: The Untold Story, by Bob Woodward Publication Date: December 1, 2016 Page 23: . . . very deep in the building, below even what the blueprints of the structure itself ...
Happy Warrior

Beautiful, Please Hurry

Some years ago, my late BBC comrade Alistair Cooke took a young friend to New York’s famous Plaza Hotel, where a pianist was gaily tinkling. As Alistair enthused about each ...

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The Rural Way

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Elections

About That ‘Broken Algorithm’

Of all the loopy assertions made at the press conference President Trump’s legal team conducted last Thursday, the one that has been most roundly derided is the since-ousted Sidney Powell’s claim that the national popular vote was such a landslide for President Trump “that it broke the algorithm that had ... Read More
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About That ‘Broken Algorithm’

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U.S.

The Coming Anti-COVID Restriction Backlash

The backlash is coming. It already seems clear that the first major political and cultural eruption of the Biden years will be a roiling populist backlash against the next round of COVID restrictions. We saw this sentiment play out in sporadic anti-lockdown demonstrations last spring, and it has driven ... Read More
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The Coming Anti-COVID Restriction Backlash

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A Hard Look at Those Post-Election Legal Efforts

On the menu today: Michigan certifies its vote totals; the General Services Administration starts the transition; and it’s time for a hard, unflinching look at the president’s post-election legal efforts. What Did the President Get from His Legal Team? Michigan and Georgia have certified their election ... Read More
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It’s Only ‘Free and Fair’ When We Win

Indeed, this is astonishing: https://twitter.com/felixsalmon/status/1331295033325219840 In 2018, after two years of media spinning tales about shady Russian infiltrators in our government, 67 percent of Democrats believed that Putin’s gremlins had bored into our voting machines and altered the outcome ... Read More
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It’s Only ‘Free and Fair’ When We Win

Indeed, this is astonishing: https://twitter.com/felixsalmon/status/1331295033325219840 In 2018, after two years of media spinning tales about shady Russian infiltrators in our government, 67 percent of Democrats believed that Putin’s gremlins had bored into our voting machines and altered the outcome ... Read More

The Coup That Wasn’t

Donald Trump is not done challenging the results of the 2020 election in court, and he is by no means done complaining. But there will be no “coup.” Any prospect of Trump remaining in office without a legal process that declares him the recipient of more legal votes in the decisive states has now evaporated. ... Read More

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