Camille Paglia brings Glittering Images to San Francisco
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Camille Paglia
Photo: Michael Lionstar

Camille Paglia, the best-selling author of “Sexual Personae” and “Break, Blow, Burn,” is bringing her newest book to the Bay Area on October 24th, 2012, with a lecture in Berkeley.

“Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars,” explores the great themes of Western art through a showcase of 29 works ranging from the well known, like the Laocoon and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych, to the obscure, like John Wesley Hardrick’s portrait of Xenia Goodloe (I’m particularly interested in reading what she has to say about the latter, as there is practically nothing written of the painting anywhere.)

Xenia Goodloe

John Wesley Hardrick, Xenia Goodloe, 1930

She is said to end the book with a brilliant and daring speculation — that our very own George Lucas is “the world’s greatest living artist.” As she previously described a light-saber duel in “Revenge of the Sith” as “nearly mystically sublime,” she’ll undoubtedly give her full Electric Ladyland treatment to the film in this chapter, holding nothing back. And if early reviews of the book are to be believed, she does so with great success.

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Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi duel on Mustafar, 2005

Reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus have been excellent, with Booklist declaring that Paglia’s “bold and rigorous, handsomely illustrated and welcoming art iconography will accomplish her mission to provoke, enlighten, and inspire.”

A reader of Paglia’s since 1991, I suspect this may be her most important book since her first — I’m certainly looking forward to it.

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The event in Berkeley it’s at the Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive, 2621 Durant Avenue, at 7:30 pm, October 24, 2012 (buy tickets here.)

A previous version of this article mentioned an appearance in San Francisco at the Mechanics’ Institute, which has since been canceled.