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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300189796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300189797
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A great resource for longtime followers of the critic and novelist, as well as for those encountering this great mind for the first time.”—Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly)

“A humanizing interview with the late cultural icon, who was often perceived as a fiercely aggressive and polarizing intellect.”—Kirkus Reviews
(Kirkus Reviews)

“This long and largely genial portrait of the (not always quite so genial) intellectual in middle age also amounts to a strong and deeply personal argument about what it means to be cultured.”—Mark O’Connell, Slate
(Mark O'Connell Slate)

About the Author

Jonathan Cott is the author of numerous books, including most recently, Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He lives in New York City.

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Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. She is the author of four novels, a collection of stories, several plays, and six books of essays, among them Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She died in December 2004.

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By N. Ariana Escalante K. on January 18, 2014
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I recommended this book for those people who wants to understand Susan Sontag, amazing interview and I certainly gonna read more books written by her.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Reiff on December 10, 2013
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This was an easy reading interview of Susan Sontag. It provided a wonderful insight into the woman, and perfect for those who want to get a deeper understanding of her.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett on February 24, 2014
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In a piece for the New Statesman Rachel Cooke pictures the youthful Jonathan Cott 'wringing his hands.. [like] Uriah Heep in a black polo neck'. Verbosity? Check. Narcissism? Check. Pomposity? Check. Though to give the sisterhood its due, Cooke suggests the Sontag phenomenon is best perceived through the prism of Terry Castle's Desperately Seeking Susan, reprinted in her 2011 collection The Professor
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie De Clark on October 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
By the time Susan Sontag sat for this intereview for the Rolling Stone magazine, she knew she was dying. She probably knew her legacy would be that of an intellectual writer of essays. What makes this interview stand out
is her willingness to talk about what it feels like to know you're dying. She's thinking out loud about a myriad
of topics without restraint. If you've admired the mind of Susan Sontag as I have over the years then you must
read this book. It will reinforce your appreciation for her mind and make you sad that you're reading the last
thoughts of this brilliant woman.
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1 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Chris Roberts on November 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Or, she comes undone. The essayist occupies the lowest rung on the literary ladder. Such atrophied writing is best handed off to interns to occupy their time. No matter the sophistication, style or intricate construct, a work can easily be deemed worthy or not with no more than a sixth-grade education.

Susan Sontag's first two novels were smashing failures and the last, "In America" was dogged by attribution issues. A lovely lady by the name of Ellen Lee pointed out twelve passages that were or were not lifted from four separate books. If it smells like a fish(y)...

A rarity for me - a nod to Sontag. Her short story, "The Way We Live Now" was and is a watershed moment in AIDS literature.

Chris Roberts
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