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As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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Completed reading "As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh"- Journals & Notebooks - 1964-1980 by Susan Sontag. In most cases, find reviewing a text or film a natural act. Over the years have written hundreds of reviews without a second thought. Sitting down to write about Sontag leaves me humble and unworthy.
It was my second year at university where Sontag was introduced; the text: "Against Interpretation", a collection of essays that shot this intellectual into the spotlight revealing her depth of thought and original notions about literature art and philosophy. We were required to write a 2000 word essay on the text, her propositions and ideas concerning literary theory. Well, dug around my files and found "that" essay, believing it might help with the review. The paper yellowing with age and written with my then, trusty electric typewriter - received a "Distinction", equivalent to a "B"; after reading this piece after so many years, I laughed ! Thinking , 'Courage in youth', what did my professor see in this rubbish to give me a "B"? Ah the audacity of my youth! I was wrong, the old essay did not help one bit.
It's true: The older and more you know, one realizes, the less you know.
Susan Sontag was one of the great literary critics of the 20th century - a novelist, filmmaker, and mostly, a life-long student of politics, philosophy, art the written word.
Down the line, might write a review but, at this moment, feeling:
"... not worthy!"
"Intellectuals played at crusaders and revolutionaries only to discover they were all patricians and liberals. (As kids played at being urban guerrillas and settled for being punks.Read more ›
That said, her son David Rieff, is the editor of this journal (as well as the previous volume). He's a less intrusive presence here, and that just might be because readers complained about the previous volume. My only negative comment about this book is it's rather "heavy." Certainly, not beach reading. Some books you can pick up any old time and enjoy, but reading this one can easily leads toward introspection and just basic existential anxiety.
My advice: take to bed with an Ambien, perhaps?
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No Susan Sontag fan should be without it. Hey David Rieff, When is the 3rd volume coming out?Published 10 months ago by Sandra Y. Jenkins
I am hopelessly addicted to journals and memoirs, and Ms. Sontag. I was startled to discover her legendary ability to critique but her apparent inability to personally write... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ron Heard