Born on 16th January – Susan Sontag (jan10)

Born today in 1933. Susan Sontag: great writer, essayist, theorist, activist.
She died in 2004.
Three great moments:
1.She wrote at length on photography and the image, about how the camera has affected the human race and our moral codes, in ‘On Photograpghy’. BUY IT HERE

2.She directed ‘Waiting for Godot’ in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war.

3.She wrote brilliantly about the work of Antonin Artaud. BUY IT HERE

Great essay on 100 years of cinema – written in 1995.
A Century of Cinema

“To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt. ”

“The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions. ”

“Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future. ”

“I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.”


2 responses to “Born on 16th January – Susan Sontag (jan10)

  1. “The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.”

  2. sontag sontag can i send you an essay i wrote about theatre and art during the siege of sarajevo?

    also, i used to follow your (old old) band around like a complete lost cause, them days were fun and young.
    it’s good to see that you are focusing on your writing, so am i. give me an email so i can send you some stuff and also it would be good to get back in touch- we were sort of in touch before, maybe you’ll remember. i am starting up a night and it would be nice to maybe get you involved. email enclosed i think?

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