Susan Sontag

United States writer (born in 1933)

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A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.Rate it:
AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences suicide. Or murder.Rate it:
AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder.Rate it:
AIDS occupies such a large part in our awareness because of what it has been taken to represent. It seems the very model of all the catastrophes privileged populations feel await them.Rate it:
For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.Rate it:
I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.Rate it:
In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.Rate it:
Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.Rate it:
It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.Rate it:
Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life -- its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness -- conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.Rate it:
Sanity is a cozy lie.Rate it:
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.Rate it:
The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.Rate it:
The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects -- making it possible to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.Rate it:
Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.Rate it:
We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.Rate it:
What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.Rate it:
What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death.Rate it:

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