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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.
The fact that illness is associated with the poor --who are, from the perspective of the privileged, aliens in one's midst --reinforces the association of illness with the foreign: with an exotic, often primitive place.

The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.
The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects --making it possible. . . to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
Unfortunately, moral beauty in art -- like physical beauty in a person -- is extremely perishable. It is nowhere so durable as artistic or intellectual beauty. Moral beauty has a tendency to decay very rapidly into sententiousness or untimeliness.
The quality of American life is an insult to the possibilities of human growth. . . the pollution of American space, with gadgetry and cars and TV and box architecture, brutalizes the senses, making gray neurotics of most of us. . .
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 5 (1989).
R: Styles of Radical Will, "'Thinking Against Oneself': Reflections on Cioran" (1969).
A: "On Photography," "Melancholy Objects," 1977.
N: "Against Interpretation," in "Notes on 'Camp'," 1963.
K: "What's Happening in America (1966)," in "Partisan Review," (New Brunswick), Winter 1967.

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