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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
We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope. . .

R
Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been able to sit in a room every day, year after year, alone.
A
What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death.
N
With the modern diseases (once TB, now cancer) the romantic idea that the disease expresses the character is invariably extended to assert that the character causes the disease -- because it has not expressed itself.
K
With more people, there are more voices to tune out.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Against Interpretation," "The Imagination of Disaster," 1966.
R: "When Writers Talk among Themselves" NY "Times," 5 Jan 86
A: "The Pornographic Imagination," sct. 4, in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J.; repr. in Styles of Radical Will, 1969).
N: "Illness As Metaphor," ch. 6, 1978.
K: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
   


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