11 August, 2005

My Favourite Athiest

In spite of the fact that I disagree with her religious choice, I've always loved Camille Paglia. She and I see many things in a similar light. Further evidence here.

CP: The thing is there is an up- and downside to those things. On the one hand it’s producing a kind of antiseptic writing, a certain kind of polished professional writing, and on the other hand people who are interested in writing in this period of media and the web and so on, they find it very sustaining to go to a place to meet other people who are similarly interested in it. That’s the upside but the downside is that to be a good writer you can’t just study writing. You have to live, OK? That’s the problem. The best writers have drawn from actual experience, have had some experience. What experiences do people have any more?

RB: [laughs] Shopping.

CP: Yeah, shopping. This is why I think literature, post-Plath, has drifted into a compulsive telling of any trauma that you can find in your life. Prozac—“I’m taking Prozac” or divorce or diseases or whatever. Endless kvetching. It’s a style of telling of woes and the potential range of literature is being neglected and part of my crusade now is—

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At 2:28 PM, August 11, 2005, Blogger melusina said...

Ah, I love Paglia too. She is so honest and eloquent in what she has to say. I love how she says "The arts have never taken root in America" because in many senses it is true. Time and time again it has been attempted, but never succeeded. It is a real shame.

Thanks for linking to the article. I have to buy the new book now.


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