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Camille Paglia‘s not a vamp or a tramp, she just plays one in academe—and, increasingly, in the popular press, as is emphasized by all the TV-show transcripts in Vamps and Tramps, a collection of “new essays” that actually doesn’t include all that many essays. A lesbian-feminist contrarian who models herself on Nietzsche and Keith Richards, among others, Paglia can be astonishingly simplistic denouncing Hillary Clinton’s time at her dying father’s bedside, expressing her professional jealousy of Susan Sontag, or complaining that Andrea Dworkin eats too much. Such pronouncements are why she’s so successful on the talk show circuit, and why she’ll probably be maddeningly entertaining tonight. Paglia lectures at 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall, 37th & O Sts. NW. Tickets are $7, which can be credited toward a copy of Vamps and Tramps at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. (202) 347-5495. (MJ)