Posts Tagged ‘ Susan Sontag ’

Beauty, Lies & Sontag | 3 Quarks Daily

Susan Sontag

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The Other Susan Sontag | The New Yorker


Sontag’s nonfiction prizes ardor; her fiction is filled with aching irresolution.

Photograph by Bruce Davidson / Magnum

The Other Susan Sontag | The New Yorker

Poet Selfies ‹ Literary Hub

Kevin Killian

At a crazy hotel in Providence and getting ready to receive a poet whom I planned to photograph nearly naked, I saw a mirror hung so low you couldn’t help but wonder, was this mirror placed so as to allow guests an intimate check of their genitalia? It flashed on me that using this mirror I might be able to photograph X with his face and his butt in the same frame—ever my goal. I stepped in and tried to see if it could be made to work, thus appearing in my own selfie as a stand-in for another; literally a body double. In that light I began to wonder if poetry could be made up of a series of John the Baptist-like pictures that somehow prefigure the “real thing,” an event in poetry which would render it pointless. Can the selfie stand apart from the well-rehearsed complaints people like Susan Sontag make about the photograph—that it can never be anything more than a representation of a reality dead at the moment of conception? Mightn’t it be a spell cast about the future? I think so; however, whether that’s a radical act or not IDK, wouldn’t bet my ass on it.

Poet Selfies ‹ Literary Hub.

Flirting with a stranger by Slavenka Drakulic | Women’s writing on aging : Eurozine


Eurozine – Flirting with a stranger – Slavenka Drakulic Women’s writing on aging.

American Fascists, Chris Hedges on The Hour (CBC)

Chris Hedges’s comprehensive  understanding of fascism today involves Umberto Eco’s semiotics, a reading of somatic and psychic phenomena that are the energy driving people who fall into the ‘slough of despond’ (swamp of despair). May I also recommend Susan Sontag’s classic and great essay, “Fascinating Fascism” from Against Interpretation, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Simone Weil’s essay on The Iliad, Hannah Arendt’s writings on violence, the work of Rosa Luxemburg, and the many, many poetries that steady us in our unending freedom work. ~ yours truly, df

Susan Sontag / from “Fragments of an Aesthetic of Melancholie”

. . . the desire to hide, to be camouflaged, to escape human appearance, to be an animal, an object, not a person, the desire to punish the self, to dissolve the self into the world, to be stripped naked, to petrify the body, to become only matter . . .

– Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag: Public Intellectual, Polymath, Provocatrice / the Philoctetes Center

Susan Sontag by Annie Leibovitz

Roundtable Discussion Video on Susan Sontag