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Creative Quotations from . . .
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
Guns have metamorphosed into cameras in this earnest comedy, the ecology safari, because nature has ceased to be what it always had been -- what people needed protection from. Now nature tamed, endangered, mortal -- needs to be protected from people.

R
He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.
A
In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
N
In the final analysis, "style" is art. And art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized, dehumanized representation.
K
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "On Photography," "In Plato's Cave," 1977.
R: Death Kit," Farrar, Straus & Giroux 67
A: "On Photography," "Melancholy Objects," 1977.
N: "Against Interpretation," "On Style," 1966.
K: "Against Interpretation," sct. 5, in Evergreen Review (Dec. 1964; repr. in Against Interpretation, 1966).
   


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