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2 pages of this book With thanks and appreciation to HarperCollins for the DDC for the purpose of review A wonderful book Moser shows patience love intelligence and goodwill toward is subject Susan Sontag Most books I read on Sontag are by people who knew er personally and their books read like a revenge on er While reading Moser s book I never thought about the biographer He kept Algiers Tomorrow himself resolutely out of the book His focus remains on Sontag s life 1030 this biographyas inspired me to revisit some of the essays 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 end Long past time to read Pierre BourdieuFrom Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo the ultimate I m not racist but statement in ighbrow 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 every Sontag book published in er life plus the two volumes of journals that came out posthumously But of course the real point of reading Susan Sontag wasn t reading The Tek War Chronicles her own books so much as reading all the books she recommends written by other people not to mention seeing all those movies she lists I owe auge part of my reading life and general cultural education to Susan Sontag I m sure a lot of people on this site would say the same thing She s still the patron saint of self serious I refuse to say pretentious autodidacts Years before this biography Sontag The State in the Third Millennium had already been demystified by the revelations ofer journals as well as a string of extremely unflattering sometimes Learning by Accident hilarious memoirs by people who knewer Personally I like to think I grew out of my Sontag phase long ago and yet there is something permanently beguiling about Abducted Bride her or at least the idea oferI was Fireproof (Maggie ODell, hoping Benjamin Moser s biography would let me decide once and for all what I think ofer Well it s an excellent book but it didn t do that It seems undeniable Sontag could be a deeply loathsome person but still there was something in that pose that wasn t just a pose A seriousness worth taking seriously Exhaustive in detail Sontag meticulously charts the life and career of the famous essayist Across four wide ranging parts Moser considers Grammar Without Tears 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 isere from facts about Valkenburg Foundation her traumatic upbringing ander coming of age to information about the composition of Les rives du Danube vlo, de Ulm Passau her major books ander political activism But the analysis is shallow Rather reductively Moser examines all of Sontag s life through the lens of The Principles of Uncertainty her fraught relationship wither alcoholic mother Scar he ignores or chastises as immatureer most radical writings and intriguing stances and Oasis he pays scant attention toistorical context and the tradition the writer worked within instead myopically focusing on the drama of 2027 - A Near-Future Fantasy (2027: Near-future feminization Book 1) her personal relationships Sontag Her Life and Work 2019 written by Benjamin Moser totally captures the complexities of this dark literary lady and cultural icon 45 A fascinating subject well served by aighly readable overview One slight problem you can t The Spirit of Intimacy help but sense Moser picked Sontag not merely forer obvious status as intriguing cultural iconinfluencer and essayist but at least partly so Books (Notes) ... he could write a sumptuous takedown Too often this reader felt credit was conferred just prior to another withering knock Sontag as Moser Susan was beyond all else an example She was an avatar of erudition andigh purpose that we didn t Signs, Wonders, And The Kingdom Of God have in American letters in the twentieth century The closest comparable know it all is Harold Bloom bute s a traditionalist Susan was interested in the bleeding edge of culture the difficult stuff that demanded the most of us Why did she never write on Straub Huillet She must The Taming of the Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey 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 ofay 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 The Great Exchange have nauseateder There are some specious claims within such as er aving balled Bobby Kennedy and Warren Beatty both of which I find REALLY Oltre i confini del cuore hard to believe A tale of Warren s calling Susan day and night is just pure silliness And there is a lot of evidence of Sudan the bad parent though she clearly loveder kid One particularly shocking moment features Masterpiece her taking off on a vacation abroad with a girlfriend at the momenter son goes into the The Reality Creation Technique 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 90smaybe even the 80sshead driven everyone away I must say I came away from Moser s wonderfully written sober practical and engaging biography withif not as much love for Susan as ever She was the person I wanted to be as a child the urban sophisticate who is the ultimate Cocteau like Flirtation (Shifters Forever After, hyphenate and is right at the epicenter of the culture in every imaginable arena We live to be sure in a post Sontagian culture But does she not give us in thisaplessly fallen world something to aspire toward 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 What She Wanted her and also I wouldave never wanted to be in one room with The Uninvited her She is so obnoxious Her fear to be alone to be authentic to beappy She was such a manipulative mother judgmental Ars poetica hostile and elitist with a superiority complex with others and this whole time so insecure iner 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 Decoding Air Travel her a bullying monster Sontag s determination to create an unreliable narrator is so reliable that it becomes tedious there is after all nothingere we relied on to begin with. Undermined Dragon's Curse (The Hearts of Dragons Book 1) (English Edition) her writing And it showser attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that Keys to the Ultimate Freedom had lost its way ander conviction that fidelity to Hollands Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences high culture was an activism of its own Utilizingundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo and featuring nearly one undred images Sontag is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives and on access to many people who ave never before spoken about Sontag including Annie Leibovitz It is a definitive portrait a great American novel in the form of a biography.
I just do not 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 Resilient her life ander works Her relationships with Rozwazania o Psalmach her motherer sister Grumpy, Frumpy, Happy, Snappy A Silly Monster Opposites Book her one timeusband جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها her soner male and female lovers are all explored It took me a while to be drawn in She was both an aesthete and a Tug Hill Country highbrow intellectual This put me off at the start I like straight talk Initially I founder way of speaking too Dragon Ball Anime Comics, Vol. 2 highfalutin too pretentious Peu peu I began to comprehender way of being I got beyond What Well Leave Behind (Thirty-Eight, her manner of expressingerself I began to understand the uestions she was asking and what she was searching for The author gives you Thirty-Eight Days (Thirty-Eight, her words fromer journals and the words of both 8 1/2 her friends and enemies I began to seeow she was thinking At the beginning I was put off by the end I was thoroughly drawn in Both Sontag s positive as well as negative attributes are laid bare I came to care for Health and Healing for African-Americans her This does not mean I likeer Does this seem strange Well she is complicated and the book shows this amazingly well The thoughts that twirled through er ead are fascinating once I got beneath the 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 New Testament Apocalyptic 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 veryuman Sontag was a fascinating person You don t 隠れていた宇宙 [Kakurete Ita Uchū] 2 have to like a person to find them fascinating You don tave to like a person to appreciate the things they The Sorcerers Soul have done Admitting she was lesbian was an anathema forer Sexuality is tied to er whole way of being Coming out of the closet isn t an action it is a processThink about these lines All that we ave 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 be extended it is never ending Reading about Satans Mistress her battles against cancer are excruciating Her engagement in Vietnam and Sarajevo are worthy of theighest praise Her cruelty to friends will make you cringe A second later she puts What My Mother and I Dont Talk About herself out on the line andelps a friend She was a woman of contradictions Read the book Don t be too Tagus the Night Horse (Beast Quest, 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 feel emotional I feel manipulated when I listen toer but the further I got the less attention I paid to the narration I Love Beyond Limits (Among the Fair Magnolias) had become too involved in Sontag s life story to even bother about the narration Gilbert is easy to follow ander French pronunciation is passable Three stars for the narrationSontag Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser 4 starsThe Volcano Lover A Romance DNF 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 Inochi The Book of Life hagiographies ofistorical figures as being almost as creepy as biographies of Gol Atan Kaleye high profile villains like Hitler or Napoleon It s far better to read in detail about challenging personalities warts and all and Sontag certainlyad The Age of Disruption her share of wartsSome may wonder in the opening pages if Benjamin Moser was the right person to pull this off sincee tends to analyze deep motivations in almost a post Freudian sense and offer the results as a true picture Certainly one could challenge Burning bridges his certainty if notis conclusions at times but the reason this ends up working is because Moser s conclusions ring true The book exceeds 700 pages because Moser wants to give us a flavor of all the decades from the 1940s to the early 2000s when Sontag influenced late 20th century politics culture and intellectual life And love Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, her orate Rembrandts Jews her she certainly did play a leading role in defining those worlds Moser is not afraid to say that many ofer novels plays and film experiments were only partially successful but Refusing His Second Chance he concludes by showing that Sontag mattered in ways we may not fully understand for decades to comeMoser digs deeper than the simplest explanation 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 end ofer life resisted addressing any aspect of Brand Name Dates 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 wither own body She was not grounded in Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, her body she did not take care ofer ealth but in er three bouts with cancer she seemed willing to abuse Swing Trading with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD her bodyorribly merely to make sure Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging 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 Certainlyer mother s odd and detached manner and Sontag s bitter relationship with er mom was reflected later in Sontag s own strange relationship with er son David Rieff Though Sontag The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, herself never showed aspects of a substance abusive personality the damages wrought by even 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 essentially wrote the entirety ofer ex Nora (Sunfire, 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 bookMoserints at an aspect of philosophy and public intellectual life that I fleshed out a little in my own mind though Moser imself was not this explicit He showed that Sontag got a classic 1940s intellectual education at the University of Chicago eavily 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 Theor. The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals er writing and er radical thought Outside the Paint her public activism ander Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont hidden private faceNo writer is as 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 andomosexuality celebrity and style medicine and drugs radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism that forms an indispensable
Y in academia became paramount to lives actually lived I say good for Historic Hahns Peak her for that Her legacy will live on long after the likes of Derrida and Foucault are forgottenIt is often said that Sontag ander 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 Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, had encountered thinkers like Daniel Dennett and George Lakoff earlier iner career a physical impossibility unless she Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, had been born later she wouldave eagerly followed the neuroscience philosophers and would BITE (A Mate Of His Own have been at peace wither body and er sexuality as a result To cite but one example in Lakoff s work Philosophy in the Flesh e cites the key role of metaphor as being central to the Six-Moon Trail hidden layer of the neural network one that makes philosophy and abstraction possible Moser makes metaphor central tois entire biography of Sontag Lakoff concludes Mustard Seed Magic his book by tossing out a good deal of Plato Descartes Kant Marx Freud and others saying any philosophy that assumes the existence of a disembodied intelligence and that does not center itself on emergent intelligence arising from theuman body is next to worthless If Sontag and many of er contemporary philosophers ad tossed out 34 of the classical education offered at University of Chicago Berkeley and most Ivy League schools in the 1940s and 1950s she might Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, have been a muchappier genius But of course then we would not The Witches have seen the 1960s trajectory of the public intellectual that we saw in SontagSontag often is cited as a New Left public intellectual 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 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 ander 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 Splinter her beautiful moody temperamental mother Mildred For reasons unknown Mildred declined to share the details of Sontag s father s death wither daughters for several months and seemed to want Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles his memory erased from the familyistory 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 The Princes Mistress her grandson David uite charming as a toddler she still didn t like childrenWhile still inigh school before Immortal Jellyfish her admission to Berkley and the University of Chicago Susan interviewed the notable novelistpoet Thomas Mann several times Sontag wasighly respected in college for California her intellect and was popular with professors and students alike Sontag studied and wrote about Freud extensively 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 mentalealth professionals and academics believed Afgantsy homosexuality could be changed at will Sontagad affairs with both men and women and usually declined to share intimate details of Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., her personal life with significant others Judith was shocked to learner sister Somnium had female lovers many years after the factWhen Sontag was 17 she married 28 year old sociology instructor Philip Rieff m1950 59 Mildred typicallyad little to say about The Cronos Complex I her new son in law The newlywed s celebrated by going out for burgers Susan is now recognized as the editortrue author of Freud The Mind of a Moralist 1959 Rieff reluctantly added Sontag s name as the co author in later editions of the book and never produced another book of similar uality Susan eventually insisted on the freedom that only a divorce could provide and promptly elected to travel abroad leaving David in the care of domestic staff Rieff didn t take Sontag s departure as easily as shead oped For a period of time e stalked Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, her and accuseder of being an unfit mother Sontag feared she would lose custody of David After decades and marriage to Dem Nordpol am nächsten his second wife Rieff claimed Susan was indeed the love ofis lifeSontag identified simply as a writer If she Heart Beat had come out of the closet or identified as a feminist she wouldave gained legions of support from the gay community and additional popular women s organizations and forums Moser observed that Sontag wouldn t The Site Book have been as renowned ander work would The Devils Possession havead less of an impact on all social and cultural levels Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, had she publically identified as a lesbian or feminist author and noted the example of the authorpoet Adrienne Rich 1929 2012 to supportis 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 them ended While Sontag was from sunny California most of Vrolok her friends colleagues and other associates were from New York these Jewish intellectuals invented the genre of Literary Criticism Sontag s loyal friend Roger Strauss founder of FSG Publishing printed all ofer books Strauss and Sontag 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] helped launch the careers of many new writers through generous support and mentorshipIn the declining years ofer life Sontag was surprisingly cognizant and energetic sitting up in er ospital bed reading the paper and Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped having the final word abouter care Sontag s long term partner the iconic celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz flew The Hunger Within 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 documenter relationship with Sontag and conseuently Sontag s drastic decline from cancer in Between Two Skies her pictorial volume A Photographers Life 1990 2005 2006 The photographs are stunning though many criticsave deemed some the photographs of Sontag in poor taste Whether Sontag was writing about Vietnam during Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England her stay in Hanoi in the 1960 s or war torn Sarajevo in the 1990 s or 911 she was always one step ahead ofer time and Sontag s life and times are covered exceptionally well in the 83. 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 Nude Girls Photography Presents Ass Pussy From Behind - Compilation Vol. 5 had as many glamorous lovers Sontag tells these stories and examines the work upon whicher reputation was based It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face the broken relationships the struggles with er sexuality that animated and.
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Benjamin Moser is a writer editor critic and translator who was born in Houston in 1976 and lives in the Netherlands After attending high school in Texas and France he graduated from Brown University with a degree in History He earned his MA and PhD from the University of UtrechtHe worked at Foreign Affairs magazine and Alfred A Knopf in New York before becoming an editor at the Harvil