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T willingness to give Slobodan Milosevic a free pass But there is a wrong and right way to berate One can snidely call a close ally a useful idiot yet still find a way to talk to them tomorrow but Sontag seemed to be an xpert at permanently burning bridges Sure it showed her as an independent thinker but it did not show her as a kind personHer late life relationships particularly her odd deep love with photographer Annie Leibovitz were particularly abusive in this regard and once again it all boiled down to a fear of death and a fear of the body Unfortunately some of these behaviors rubbed off on her son David Rieff who seemed to grow sullen and uncaring with others as he What She Saw (Conard County entered middle age Itnded up making her twin memorial services following her death a mockery an indication of all that had been broken in her way of seeing herself and othersMoser s pilogue aptly titled The Body and Its Metaphors concludes on a positive note by pointing out that she offered volumes of useful observations on the relationship between language and reality as well as the relation between image and reality In her book On Photography she xplored what McLuhan had hinted at at how immediate visual access to information and later the impact of a always on Internet changed our perception of reality But in the new Namen-Und Sach-Register Zum Jahresbericht �ber Die Fortschritte in Der Lehre Von Den Pathogenen Mikroorganismen Umfassend Bacterien, Pilze Und Protozo�n era of deepfakes we can no longer trust photographic or videovidence We may no longer be able to trust reality itself Where would Sontag have gone in Soft Focus exploring linguistic concepts of reality with the likes of Chomsky or Lakoff Moser points out that it s useless to ask how Sontag would have confronted problems arising later in the 21st century it snough to know that she would have been the first to ask the right uestions Still it would have been interesting to see if a familiarity with the body might have made her a fundamentally happier person Sontag Her Life and Work 2019 written by Benjamin Moser totally captures the complexities of this dark literary lady and cultural icon Born Susan Rosenblatt 1933 2004 to Lithuanian Jewish parents Susan and her only son David Rieff would unapologetically change their given family name to Sontag It was impossible to contain Sontag s genius intellect and persona by the conventions of ordinary lifeThe mother daughter dynamic shaped Sontag s character in numerous obvious and subtle ways Sontag adored her beautiful moody temperamental mother Mildred For reasons unknown Mildred declined to share the details of Sontag s father s death with her daughters for several months and seemed to want his memory rased from the family history Moser suggested reasons for this were linked to Mildred s probable alcoholism and substance use though this was never a topic for polite discussion during the time Mildred confessed that although she found her grandson David uite charming as a toddler she still didn t like childrenWhile still in high school before her admission to Berkley and the University of Chicago Susan interviewed the notable novelistpoet Thomas Mann several times Sontag was highly respected in college for her intellect and was popular with professors and students alike Sontag studied and wrote about Freud xtensively Moser described various parts of Sontag s compartmentalized selfhood the private self the social self and the self of metaphor and mask that was carefully watched and observed closely but at a distance Through the 1970 s many mental health professionals and academics believed homosexuality could be changed at will Sontag had affairs with both men and women and usually declined to share intimate details of her personal life with significant others Judith was shocked to learn her sister had female lovers many years after the factWhen Sontag was 17 she married 28 year old sociology instructor Philip Rieff m1950 59 Mildred typically had little to say about her new son in law The newlywed s celebrated by going out for burgers Susan is now recognized as the Faker editortrue author of Freud The Mind of a Moralist 1959 Rieff reluctantly added Sontag s name as the co author in laterditions of the book and never produced another book of similar uality Susan Lawbreakers Suspense Stories eventually insisted on the freedom that only a divorce could provide and promptlylected to travel abroad leaving David in the care of domestic staff Rieff didn t take Sontag s departure as HIPPO IN THE GARDEN easily as she had hoped For a period of time he stalked her and accused her of being an unfit mother Sontag feared she would lose custody of David After decades and marriage to his second wife Rieff claimed Susan was indeed the love of his lifeSontag identified simply as a writer If she had come out of the closet or identified as a feminist she would have gained legions of support from the gay community and additional popular women s organizations and forums Moser observed that Sontag wouldn t have been as renowned and her work would have had less of an impact on all social and cultural levels had she publically identified as a lesbian or feminist author and noted thexample of the authorpoet Adrienne Rich 1929 2012 to support his point of view By 1964 when Sontag taught at Colombia the numbers of Jewish students admitted to prestigious coll I just do of Jewish students admitted to prestigious coll I just do know where to start in describing Sontag Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser It is very well researched As the title indicates it covers both her life and her works Her relationships with her mother her sister her one time husband her son her male and female lovers are all Spinal Trauma explored It took me a while to be drawn in She was both an aesthete and a highbrow intellectual This put me off at the start I like straight talk Initially I found her way of speaking too highfalutin too pretentious Peu peu I began to comprehend her way of being I got beyond her manner ofxpressing herself I began to understand the uestions she was asking and what she was searching for The author gives you her words from her journals and the words of both her friends and Shadow (New Species, enemies I began to see how she was thinking At the beginning I was put off by thend I was thoroughly drawn in Both Sontag s positive as well as negative attributes are laid bare I came to care for her This does not mean I like her Does this seem strange Well she is This does not mean I like her Does this seem strange Well she is and the book shows this amazingly well The thoughts that twirled through her head are fascinating once I got beneath the 細味人生100篇 esoteric to what she was driving at The issues she focused upon were important and are still relevant today She changed over time in other ways she didn t change at all I can tell you I love how she searched for the truth At the same time she freuently lied No matter what I say I can say the opposite too She is shown to be weak and strong and so very human Sontag was a fascinating person You don t have to like a person to find them fascinating You don t have to like a person to appreciate the things they have done Admitting she was lesbian was an anathema for her Sexuality is tied to her whole way of being Coming out of the closet isn t an action it is a processThink about these lines All that we have is our opinion Never give that away Man is seen Women are looked at Happiness is a trivial subject There is a difference between being and pretending to bebetween being and playing a role Everyone was great friends and no one knew anybody The following amused me Susan remarks that she adores receiving guests but detests visiting others she adores giving advice but detests being given advice from others Aren t you smiling Are you the same The list can bextended it is never The Gathering (Darkness Rising, ending Reading about her battles against cancer arexcruciating Her MongoDB engagement in Vietnam and Sarajevo are worthy of the highest praise Her cruelty to friends will make you cringe A second later she puts herself out on the line and helps a friend She was a woman of contradictions Read the book Don t be too hasty in judging it Give it time The audiobook is narrated by Tavia Gilbert She is just not one of my favorite narrators Her tone of voice irritates me She wants to pull listeners over the coals She pushes listeners to feelmotional I feel manipulated when I listen to her but the further I got the less attention I paid to the "narration I had become too involved in Sontag s life story to "I had become too involved in Sontag s life story to bother about the narration Gilbert is Chastity easy to follow and her French pronunciation is passable Three stars for the narrationSontag Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser 4 starsThe Volcano Lover A Romance DNF Exhaustive in detail Sontag meticulously charts the life and career of the famousssayist Across four wide ranging parts Moser considers how Sontag transformed from a would be academic with modest origins into an internationally recognized icon of Manhattanite sophistication Everything fans of the writer would want to know is here from facts about her traumatic upbringing and her coming of age to information about the composition of her major books and her political activism But the analysis is shallow Rather reductively Moser xamines all of Sontag s life through the lens of her fraught relationship with her alcoholic mother he ignores or chastises as immature her most radical writings and intriguing stances and he pays scant attention to historical context and the tradition the writer worked within instead myopically focusing on the drama of her personal relationships. Undermined her writing And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo and featuring nearly one hundred images Sontag is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag including Annie Leibovitz It is a definitive portrait a great American novel in the form of a biography. ,

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Sontag Her Life and Work1030 this biography has inspired me to revisit some of the ssays in Where the Stress Falls dismaying There comes a time to put away childish things This is kitsch Culture as kitschy Europhilia that s what Sontag really stood for in the nd Long past time to read Pierre BourdieuFrom Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo the ultimate I m not racist but statement in highbrow dragEven uite well informed people in the United States and in Europe seem genuinely surprised when I mention that until the siege began a middle class Sarajevan was far likely to go to Vienna to the opera than to go down the street to a mosue I make this point not to suggest that the lives of non religious urban Europeans are intrinsically valuable than the lives of the devout of Tehran or Baghdad or Damascus She defends the dignity of Muslim lives in Bosnia by suggesting they re not actually Muslims because uh they like opera If you can read the above without cringing you need to spend time in sports bars or maybe a mosue just a few days ago I felt somewhat differentlyI believe I ve read very Sontag book published in her life plus the two volumes of journals that came out posthumously But of course the real point of reading Susan Sontag wasn t reading her own books so much as reading a Well this was fantastic but also too long I guess you are supposed to say she was a complex person blah blah Who isn t My main thought while reading it what a nasty woman I pity her and also I would have never wanted to be in one room with her She is so obnoxious Her fear to be alone to be authentic to be happy She was such a manipulative mother judgmental hostile and A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings elitist with a superiority complex with others and this whole time so insecure in her private diaries Such a sad and confused woman She supported Salman Rushdie and soviet poets fleeing their countries which I respect The same Salman later called her a bullying monster Sontag s determination to create an unreliable narrator is so reliable that it becomes tedious there is after all nothing here we relied on to begin with A wonderful book Moser shows patience love intelligence and goodwill toward his subject Susan Sontag Most books I read on Sontag are by people who knew her personally and their books read like a revenge on her While reading Moser s book I never thought about the biographer He kept himself resolutely out of the book His focus remains on Sontag s life and her work Injoyed reading Moser s take about Sontag s A New Philosophy of History essays and her fiction and how her work intersect with the works of other authors Usually I prefer books no longer than 250 300 pages so reading this one is anxception A nice one Susan was beyond all Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction else anxample She was an avatar of Lexikon der Medizin-Irrtümer erudition and high purpose that we didn t have in American letters in the twentieth century The closest comparable know it all is Harold Bloom but he s a traditionalist Susan was interested in the bleedingdge of culture the difficult stuff that demanded the most of us Why did she never write on Straub Huillet She must have known that workMoser who seems to be part of this fellowship diagnoses Susan as an Adult Child of Alcoholics He also makes a lot of hay out of Susan s not wanting to come out which in 2019 makes a little sense in that she didn t wanted to be affixed with an ID card from Team Lesbian I suspect our current identity politics would have nauseated her There are some specious claims within such as her having balled Bobby Kennedy and Warren Beatty both of which I find REALLY hard to believe A tale of Warren s calling Susan day and night is just pure silliness And there is a lot of FRITZI auf Sylt - ÖLMALEREI - Kunst in Fotobrillant-Druck evidence of Sudan the bad parent though she clearly loved her kid One particularly shocking moment features her taking off on a vacation abroad with a girlfriend at the moment her son goes into the hospital for cancer surgery What do we learn about this protean genius this woman of infinite appetites She didn t like to bathe she ate gross food and she was so mean to people that by the 90smaybeven the 80sshe had driven Big Little Man everyone away I must say I came away from Moser s wonderfully written sober practical andngaging biography withif not as much love for Susan as The Man from Beijing ever She was the person I wanted to be as a child the urban sophisticate who is the ultimate Cocteau like hyphenate and is right at thepicenter of the culture in very imaginable arena We live to be sure in a post Sontagian culture But does she not give us in this haplessly fallen world something to aspire toward Sontag Her Life and Work 2019 written by Benjamin Moser totally captures the complexities of this dark literary lady and cultural icon Born Susan Rosenblatt 1933 2004 to Lithuanian Jewish parents Susan and her only son David Rieff would unapologetically change their GIVEN FAMILY NAME TO SONTAG IT family name to Sontag It impossible to contain Sontag s genius intellect and persona by the conventions of ordinary lifeThe mother daughter dynamic shaped Sontag s character in numerous obvious and subtle ways Sontag adored her beautiful moody temperamental mother Mildred For reasons unknown Mildred declined to share the details of Sontag s father s death with her daughters for several months and seemed to want his memory rased from the family history Moser suggested reasons for this were linked to Mildred s probable alcoholism and substance use though this was never a topic for polite discussion during the time though this was never a topic for polite discussion during the time confessed that although she found her grandson David uite charming as a toddler she still didn t like childrenWhile still in high school before her admission to Berkley and the University of Chicago Susan interviewed the notable novelistpoet Thomas Mann several times Sontag was highly respected in college for her intellect and was popular with professors and students alike Sontag studied and wrote about Freud xtensively Moser described various parts of Sontag s compartmentalized selfhood the private self the social self and the self of metaphor and mask that was carefully watched and observed closely but at a distance Through the 1970 s many mental health professionals and academics believed homosexuality could be changed at will Sontag had affairs with both men and women and usually declined to share intimate details of her personal life with significant others Judith was shocked to learn her sister had female lovers many years after the factWhen Sontag was 17 she married 28 year old sociology instructor Philip Rieff m1950 59 Mildred typically had little to say about her new son in law The newlywed s celebrated by going out for burgers Susan is now recognized as the ditortrue author of Freud The Mind of a Moralist 1959 Rieff reluctantly added Sontag s name as the co author in later Montana Dreams editions of the book and never produced another book of similar uality Susanventually insisted on the freedom that only a divorce could provide and promptly Immerwelt - Der Pakt elected to travel abroad leaving David in the care of domestic staff Rieff didn t take Sontag s departure asasily as she had hoped For a period of time he stalked her and accused her of being an unfit mother Sontag feared she would lose custody of David After decades and marriage to his second wife Rieff claimed Susan was indeed the love of his lifeSontag identified simply as a writer If she had come out of the closet or identified as a feminist she would have gained legions of support from the gay community and additional popular women s organizations and forums Moser observed that Sontag wouldn t have been as renowned and her work would have had less of an impact on all social and cultural levels had she publically identified as a lesbian or feminist author and noted the Modern South Asia example of the authorpoet Adrienne Rich 1929 2012 to support his point of view By 1964 when Sontag taught at Colombia the numbers of Jewish students admitted to prestigious colleges and universities soared to 65% when discriminatory practices against themnded While Sontag was from sunny California most "of her friends colleagues and other associates were from New York these Jewish intellectuals invented the genre of Literary Criticism "her friends colleagues and other associates were from New York these Jewish intellectuals invented the genre of Literary Criticism s loyal friend Roger Strauss founder of FSG Publishing printed all of her books Strauss and Sontag helped launch the careers of many new writers through generous support and mentorshipIn the declining years of her life Sontag was surprisingly cognizant and Picture Theory energetic sitting up in her hospital bed reading the paper and having the final word about her care Sontag s long term partner the iconic celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz flew her to Seattle for treatment at the Fred Hutchinson s Cancer Care Center Moser didn t seem to uncover many new details other than what is already on record of their relationship nor is it surprising that Leibovitz would chose to document her relationship with Sontag and conseuently Sontag s drastic decline from cancer in her pictorial volume A Photographers Life 1990 2005 2006 The photographs are stunning though many critics have deemed some the photographs of Sontag in poor taste Whether Sontag was writing about Vietnam during her stay in Hanoi in the 1960 s or war torn Sarajevo in the 1990 s or 911 she was always one step ahead of her time and Sontag s life and times are coveredxceptionally well in the 832 pages of this book With thanks and appreciation to HarperCollins for the DDC. The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals her writing and her radical thought her public activism and her hidden private faceNo writer is as Ancestral Voices emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag Mythologized and misunderstood lauded and loathed a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics feminism and homosexuality celebrity and style medicine and drugs radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism that forms an indispensable For the purpose of review 45 A fascinating subject well served by a highly readable overview One slight problem you can t help but sense Moser picked Sontag not merely for her obvious status as intriguing cultural iconinfluencer andssayist but at least partly so he could write a sumptuous takedown Too often this reader felt credit was conferred just prior to another withering knock Sontag as Moser has it was generous only to people with whom she was casually intimate those close to her Annie Leibovitz her son David who she casually ditched throughout his childhood bore the brunt of what was And Bid Him Sing either a failure tompathise or straight out nastiness There is a little too much indulgence of this strain to render Sontag talented and Aristotle Detective (Aristotle even indispensable yet ultimately a failed person An obsession with the idea that Sontag projected who she was onto counterparts and subjects of criticism Indignation that she stayed in the closet during thearly days of AIDS when coming out may have helped destigmatise the illness far than an Bones, Clones, and Biomes essay derided for not going farnough There is ultimately a little too shrill a repetition of the biographer s distaste as opposed to clear Bringing the Empire Home eyed assessment And Moser it has to be mentioned is subject to many of the criticisms he here levels at Sontag which may well inadvertently reveal some of his motivationYet Moser writes well and you ll come away if dampened by appreciation of her shortcomings in no doubt as to Sontag s achievement and legacy as a fearless and mould breaking intellect She was unconventional tricky her behaviour often impossible to understand She treated people badly But she was a massively important trailblazer who championed and supported countless writers brought hundreds of authors to the attention of a grateful readership wrotepochal works that still resound furthered the cause of casually stifled Saul Bellow stopped her getting a Macarthur fellowship she wasn t the only woman he blackballed for reasons that needn t be speculated women intellectuals to an normous degree There is ultimately just a little too much mphasis on her failings and often too begrudging a testimony as to her achievements You may Building the Cold War end up spending wasteful time wondering about Moser s agenda as opposed to delighting in his fascinating uniue contradictory subject and that s a shame I found it a little bit odd that some reviewers of the ARC of this book complained that they did not want to waste 700 pages reading about such a difficult person I tend to think of gushing hagiographies of historical figures as being almost as creepy as biographies of high profile villains like Hitler or Napoleon It s far better to read in detail about challenging personalities warts and all and Sontag certainly had her share of wartsSome may wonder in the opening pages if Benjamin Moser was the right person to pull this off since he tends to analyze deep motivations in almost a post Freudian sense and offer the results as a true picture Certainly one could challenge his certainty if not his conclusions at times but the reason thisnds up working is because Moser s conclusions ring true The book Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) exceeds 700 pages because Moser wants to give us a flavor of all the decades from the 1940s to thearly 2000s when Sontag influenced late 20th century politics culture and intellectual life And love her or hate her she certainly did play a leading role in defining those worlds Moser is not afraid to say that many of her novels plays and film Counter-Amores experiments were only partially successful but he concludes by showing that Sontag mattered in ways we may not fully understand for decades to comeMoser digs deeper than the simplestxplanation to show why Sontag was often unhappy or willing to lash out at friends The most common view is that Sontag was never comfortable with the idea of coming out as a lesbian and to the nd of her life resisted addressing any aspect of her gender identity Moser shows that there was a good deal of truth in this but it was also related to Sontag s uncomfortable relationship with her own body She was not grounded in her body she did not take care of her health but in her three bouts with cancer she seemed willing to abuse her body horribly merely to make sure her mind could go on Moser also takes the leap to say that the underlying challenge in both ueer politics and body familiarity was that Sontag was the child of an alcoholic Certainly her mother s odd and detached manner and Sontag s bitter relationship with her mom was reflected later in Sontag s own strange relationship with her son David Rieff Though Sontag herself never showed aspects of a substance abusive personality the damages wrought by ven a single generation of parent with alcohol or drug addiction can live on in many succeeding generationsThe juicy newsbyte that many publicists seem to focus on in this book is the revelation that Sontag Double Jeopardy essentially wrote thentirety of her Composition and Literature ex husband Philip Rieff s 1950s book Freud The Mind of the Moralist I find this scarcely surprising and largely irrelevant because it was all so long ago and because Freud matters so little these days It certainly shows the degree of male dominance in academia in the 1950s and later descriptions of the divorce underscore what a terribly creepy person Philip Rieff was but this story is a very minor sidelight in the bookMoser hints at an aspect of philosophy and public intellectual life that I fleshed out a little in my own mind though Moser himself was not thisxplicit He showed that Sontag got a classic 1940s intellectual ducation at the University of Chicago heavily influenced by Greek and Roman authors Marx Freud and many 18th century philosophers As a result she believed in disembodied mental images and philosophy She never subscribed at all to the post modernist realm in which Theory in academia became paramount to lives actually lived I say good for her for that Her legacy will live on long after the likes of Derrida and Foucault are forgottenIt is often said that Sontag and her contemporaries were the last generation of public intellectuals and there are no comparative figures today Some would respond by saying that the philosophers of the 21st century are in fields such as cognitive neuroscience and comparative microbiology I will go so far as to guess that if Sontag had ncountered thinkers like Daniel Dennett and George Lakoff Dark Voices earlier in her career a physical impossibility unless she had been born later she would haveagerly followed the neuroscience philosophers and would have been at peace with her body and her sexuality as a result To cite but one xample in Lakoff s work Philosophy in "The Flesh He Cites The "Flesh he cites the role of metaphor as being central to the hidden layer of the neural network one that makes philosophy and abstraction possible Moser makes metaphor central to his ntire biography of Sontag Lakoff concludes his book by tossing out a good deal of Plato Descartes Kant Marx Freud and others saying any philosophy that assumes the Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) existence of a disembodied intelligence and that does not center itself onmergent intelligence arising from the human body is next to worthless If Sontag and many of her contemporary philosophers had tossed out 34 of the classical ducation offered at University of Chicago Berkeley and most Ivy League schools in the 1940s and 1950s she might have been a much happier genius But of course then we would not have seen the 1960s trajectory of the public intellectual that we saw in SontagSontag often is cited as a New Left public of the public intellectual that we saw in SontagSontag often is cited as a New Left public but Moser said it is complex than that Sontag always was interested in meaning metaphor and representation than in ideology When she seemed to mouth platitudes in Havana or Hanoi it was often because she was not paying attention to realities on the ground another factor of being uncomfortable with her own being in the world rather than because she believed In Any Centralized Socialist any centralized socialist In talking about the volution of New York public intellectual life in the 1950s through 1970s Moser shows what an inbred and cloistered group these writers were It wasn t just that people put up with sexist jackasses like Norman Mailer far longer than they should have It was that the Blacklands editors of The New York Review of Books considered themselves far influential than they really were Moser brings up the case of the shunning of the radical poet Adrienne Rich Who the hell cares what these people thought It reminded me of the number of young novelists in the 1980s who centered their stories on lives and loves among Manhattan and Brooklyn literati Who the hell cares The artificial cultural island of New York uite simply didn t matter and Sontag was right to stop paying attention to her compatriots in many such mattersThe problem was she never did so with kindness or consistency a result of having no Buddhist or self love principles to fall back on Sontag would regularly shun betray or trash talk both close friends and lovers because she had noffective way of stating her independence without bad mouthing those she loved A classic case came in the post Yugoslavia wars largely initiated by the Serbs When Sontag made long stays in Sarajevo during the siege of that city she rightly berated US and Western European intellectuals for their silence on Bosnia and their apparen. Ey to modern culture She was there when the Cuban Revolution began and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment in wartime Israel in besieged Sarajevo She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money and when many gave in No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous lovers Sontag tells these stories and Evolutionary Patterns examines the work upon which her reputation was based Itxplores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face the broken relationships the struggles with her sexuality that animated and.