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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.
Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism -- victimless collecting, as it were. . . in a world that is well on its way to becoming one vast quarry, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage.

The writer is either a practising recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both.
The whole point of Camp is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious. More precisely, Camp involves a new, more complex relation to "the serious." One can be serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious.
What is most beautiful in virile men is sometimes feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
What pornographic literature does is precisely to drive a wedge between one's existence as a full human being and one's existence as a sexual being -- while in ordinary life a healthy person is one who prevents such a gap from opening up.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "On Photography," "Melancholy Objects," 1977.
R: "When Writers Talk among Themselves," in "New York Times," (5 Jan 1986).
A: Against Interpretation, "Notes on `Camp'," Note 41 (1966; first published 1964).
N: "Against Interpretation," in "Notes on 'Camp'," Note 9, 1964.
K: "The Pornographic Imagination," sct. 3, in "Partisan Review."

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