"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Camille Paglia at Salon on the Upcoming U.S. Presidential Election and Northeastern Paleoamerican Archaeology and Anthropology

There may be a more intelligent woman and better media writer than Camille Paglia out there in F. Scott Fitzgerald's dark fields of the Republic somewhere, but we have not found her yet.

Camille's recent takes on the American political scene and the U.S. Presidential election in particular are marvelous creations of the best journalistic art. We have to ask her: is Gatsby Trump?

See her newest contribution at Salon.com in Zombie time at campaign Hillary: Camille Paglia on Trump’s real strength and Clinton’s fatal sleepwalking. If the Clintons used the lead photograph of that article to try to get elected, it would be all over but the shouting.

There is also some excellent discussion via commenter Sam Atwood of Nashville and Camille about the archaeological and anthropological scene as well, both academic fields suffering from the same dusty malaise that marks the political and legal culture: as Camille so unmistakeably describes it:

"a lack of speculative skill and larger vision".