Intent to Provoke

Review: 'Provocations' by Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia puts her personality on full display in her critical writing. She shoots straight about her desires and fears for society, and her essays are polemical without being preachy or pandering. Her new essay collection Provocations covers a variety of topics in eight general sections (Popular Culture; Film; Sex, Gender, Women; Literature; Art; Education; Politics; and Religion), so you can find her opinion on just about everything by thumbing through its 681 pages. There's a delightful trip-down-memory-lane quality to the book—it covers cultural touch points from David Bowie to Alfred Hitchcock to the Clinton White House.