I received e-mail from Camille Paglia's assistant saying that a) she thought the piece was 'ingenious and very amusing indeed' and b) that she is not the author of the phrase "As a tubby midwesterner." I checked back, and I indeed goofed--that one (which appeared back in 1997, when I began keeping track) was by a reader, not by the svelte, Northeastern-hailing Prof. Paglia. I'm really sorry--I thought I had quadruple-checked them all. The assistant went on to say this:
"We assume you will be informing McSweeney's of the necessary correction as soon as possible.
"Naturally, we think it's more appropriate for the writer to contact them, rather than our office."
What we have here, fellow citizens, is a crassly egocentric, raving twit. The Norman Podhoretz of our gender. That this woman is actually taken seriously as a thinker in New York intellectual circles is a clear sign of decandence, decay, and hopeless pinheadedness. Has no one in the nation's intellectual capital the background and ability to see through a web of categorical assertions? One fashionable line of response to Paglia is to claim that even though she may be fundamentally off-base, she has "flashes of brilliance.' If so, I missed them in her oceans of swill.
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