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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 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.

R
The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.
A
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.
N
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.
K
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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