January 2, 2005 |
When Susan Sontag died last week, at age 71, after her third bout with cancer, this country lost the most versatile and passionate intellectual of her generation, a patiently experimental artist and a social conscience of unflinching principle.
January 11, 2009 |
Reborn Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963 Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 318 pp., $25 -- In September 2006, an excerpt of Susan Sontag's diaries, edited by her son, David Rieff, was published in the New York Times magazine, and that night I went to a dinner party where a woman poet in her 50s exhaled a sigh of disgust. Sontag is shown in her 20s, cutting a swath through literary hedges in Paris and New York and reeling from heartbreaking affairs with women.
May 8, 2011 |
Sempre Susan A Memoir of Susan Sontag Sigrid Nunez Atlas & Co.: 140 pp., $20 When novelist Sigrid Nunez accepted a part-time job helping Susan Sontag cope with correspondence that had built up during her first bout with cancer, she thought that she'd found exactly the job she needed: one that would not interfere with her own writing. She didn't realize she would also find a mentor, a friend and an antagonist in Sontag, and that 30 years later she would still be organizing her bookshelves and watching movies in the way that Susan — for she was always "Susan," as the title suggests — thought best.
May 10, 2001 |
Over the pleas of peace activists in Israel, American writer Susan Sontag accepted the country's top literary award--but used her speech to criticize the Jewish state's treatment of Palestinians. Some activists had pressured Sontag, 68, not to accept the Jerusalem Prize, saying it would be seen as indirect support for hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
March 16, 2000 |
Susan Sontag's just-released novel "In America" is the story of Maryna Zalewsky, a famous Polish actress who, in the late 19th century, moves to Anaheim with her husband, son and a group of friends to establish a Utopian farming community. When the farm fails financially, Maryna returns to the stage to become one of the world's most successful actresses. This Sunday, Sontag will talk about her work at the downtown Central Library.
January 4, 2005 |
On Dec. 29, 2004, major gay and lesbian news organizations announced that "lesbian writer Susan Sontag" had died. In its obituary of Sontag, the New York Daily News wrote, "Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz had been her longtime companion." On Dec. 29, 2004, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times reported Sontag's death on their front pages, with more stories inside. Yet neither paper mentioned Sontag's relationships with Leibovitz and other women.