For anyone who has stopped by FatScribe over these past 4 months since this little attempt at pith and pathos willled itself, ex nihilo, into existence, it probably comes as little surprise that my worldview is a fairly conservative one. I try not to wear my conservatism on my outlet-shopped Armani (Collezzioni) sleeve. In fact, I like to say that I am a "classical liberal" with an urbane affectation.
I am curious by nature (though not bi-curious), and love to read ... everything ... especially what others, much smarter than I, have to say on politics, culture, art, theology or history. That's true for any bibliophile worth their salt, really, and if you're like me, it's not just books that grab us by the throat (and wallet); our favorite blogs and Internet websites regularly occupy our mornings as well. One of my most favorite columnists (I like her so much, I'm willing to talk and write like a 3rd grader!) just happens to be on the opposite side of the political and social spectrum, viz., one Camille Paglia from Salon.com.
Camille Paglia is a liberal feminist I find engaging because not only is she intellectually honest (unlike like, say, Arianna Huffington), she has a way of putting some very smart people in their place with her logic and (sometimes) curt and terse pronouncements. This is a woman who came out in the late 60's or early 70's as a lesbian at a then-fairly reserved Yale (before it became an awkward right of passage at so many institutions of higher learning). She loves conservative talk radio because she finds the entertainment value in listening to folks like Rush Limbaugh, while giving credit to conservatives when appropriate for their vigorous ideas. She thrives and strives to take on her own party/ilk when they are out of control or when they, like a donkey with a bum knee, walk about in circles for hours on end repeating the same liberal mantra or talking points from Rham Emanuel (she famously called for Bill Clinton to resign during Monica-Gate). That's not to say that she and I are oft on the same page, far from it (if we're not oft, are we noft?). One finds in almost every one of her columns an adherence to respect ideas over party or propaganda, with crisp passages that ring true (see here for a recent posting Re: Obama's speech in Egypt).
I recommend bookmarking her for regular reading of her column over at Salon (she appears on Drudge's referenced links as well). “Iron sharpens iron” says the Bible, and I think one finds in Ms. Paglia a worthy foil for the many conservatives I appreciate (like Charles Krauthammer, Shelby Steele, Mark Steyn, et. al.). She’s a brilliant spokesperson for all of us who enjoy an honest debate, whether liberal or conservative, and I (admittedly) enjoy a little schadenfreude watching her land roundhouse shots to the sides of heads of arrogant, smarmy liberal academics in Ivory towers and policy wonks whom she occasionally excoriates. Plus, intellectually honest and strong women are kinda sexy. I know ... such a misogynist.