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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
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.

R
Religion is probably, after sex, the second oldest resource which human beings have available to them for blowing their minds.
A
Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its "victims."
N
The taste for worst-case scenarios reflects the need to master fear of what is felt to be uncontrollable. It also expresses an imaginative complicity with disaster.
K
The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: "The Pornographic Imagination," sct. 3, in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J.; repr. in Styles of Radical Will, 1969).
A: AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 1 (1989).
N: "AIDS and Its Metaphors," ch. 8, 1989.
K: "Under the Sign of Saturn," "Fascinating Fascism" (1980; first published 1974), on the fashion for " fascist art.'
   


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