The Thinking 

Paglia on Gaga

September 12, 2010


LADY GAGA is an “overconceptualized and claustrophobic” performer whose image as “the voice of all the freaks and misfits of life” is slick marketing. So writes Camille Paglia in a long profile of Gaga in today’s Sunday Times. Paglia writes:

There is a monumental disconnect between Gaga’s melodramatic self-portrayal as a lonely, rebellious, marginalised artist and the powerful corporate apparatus that bankrolled her makeover and has steamrollered her songs into heavy rotation on radio stations everywhere. Read More »


How Can Islam be Inherently False?

September 12, 2010


PETER S. writes:

I find in practice that I rarely disagree with Laura on essential matters, and am rather pained to do so now.  With respect to the vigorous defense of traditional Christianity against Islam, this is perfectly in order and perfectly justified.  Christian civilization, to the degree that it can claim to be at all integral, has a right and necessity to defend its boundaries, both political and intellectual.  Further, as much as one might be attracted to the possibility of mutual respect and understanding, this is of little point if such requires either the dilution of theological positions or the unilateral letting down of guard. 

And yet, in light of the assertion that Islam is inherently false and evil, I am haunted by the thought of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi.  Read More »