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Susan Sontag
(1933-2004) born on
Jan 16
US author, critic. She was one of the most influential contemporary American critics, utilizing new sensibility to evaluate art.
         
   
F
Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.

R
The best emotions to write out of are anger and fear or dread. . . . The least energizing emotion to write out of is admiration . . . because the basic feeling that goes with admiration is a passive contemplative mood.
A
I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.
N
The basic unit for contemporary art is not the idea, but the analysis of and extension of sensations.
K
It is the nature of aphoristic thinking to be always in a state of concluding; a bid to have the final word is inherent in all powerful phrase-making.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: Taped conversation, 1980; in "With William Burroughs: A Report from the Bunker," "On Writing," by Victor Bockris, 1981.
A: "The Benefactor," 1963.
N: "Against Interpretation," 1961.
K: "Barthes: Selected Writings," "Writing Itself: On Roland Barthes," Introduction, 1982.
   


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