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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
Detachment is the prerogative of an elite; and as the dandy is the nineteenth century's surrogate for the aristocrat in matters of culture, so Camp is the modern dandyism. Camp is the answer to the problem: how to be a dandy in the age of mass culture.

R
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
A
Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.
N
Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.
K
For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Against Interpretation, "Notes on `Camp'," note 45 (1966; first published 1964).
R: "On Photography," "America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly," 1977.
A: "Debriefing," in "American Review," (New York) Sep 1973.
N: "AIDS and Its Metaphors," ch. 8, 1989.
K: "Illness As Metaphor," ch. 7, 1978.
   


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