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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 freakish is no longer a private zone, difficult of access. People who are bizarre, in sexual disgrace, emotionally violent are seen daily on the newsstands, on TV, in the subways.

R
The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty -- of the indefinite expansion of possibility.
A
The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.
N
Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun. They have something to do that is like a friendly imitation of work: they can take pictures.
K
The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, and Balanchine ballets don't redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On Photography, "America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly" (1977).
R: "AIDS and Its Metaphors," ch. 7, 1989.
A: On Photography, "Melancholy Objects" (1977).
N: "On Photography," "Plato's Cave," 1977.
K: "What's Happening in America (1966)," in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J., Winter 1967; repr. in Styles of Radical Will, 1969).
   


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