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.
February 6, 2011 |
If there is one aspect of Susan Sontag's multifaceted life that has resisted enshrinement, it is her film career. Sontag was not primarily a film critic ? having avowed more than once that she valued her fiction over her essays, she might even have contested the notion that she was primarily a critic. But she was a central figure in film culture. The essays she published on movies ? her first collection, "Against Interpretation," included pieces on science fiction and Jean-Luc Godard ?
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October 15, 2009 |
Pomona College has received a $7.5-million donation to help build a new residence hall with high levels of energy efficiency and the use of solar power, officials announced. The gift comes from Rick and Susan Sontag. Susan Sontag is a Pomona alumna, and the couple have a daughter who graduated from Pomona. Rick's late uncle taught in Pomona's philosophy department over 50 years. -- Larry Gordon
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.
January 6, 2008 |
LIKE Susan Sontag, my mother died of cancer. Soon after that, my father died. So, just as Sontag's son, David Rieff, had been orphaned in his early 50s, I was orphaned in my early 40s. We both took up our family trades and inherited, likewise, a version, however modified, of our mothers' core beliefs. Mine was a "Bells of St. Mary's" Irish Catholicism.
January 9, 2005
Re "Susan Sontag and a Case of Curious Silence," Commentary, Jan. 4: When I think of Sontag, I think of liberated hearts and minds that transcend the "conditioned" to see more clearly into the nature of the issue at hand. To better understand ourselves by seizing life with an openness that is discerning and passionate is what Susan Sontag taught us. This is what we respond to. Reducing her character to a particular niche, be it sexual, political or otherwise, is self-serving, shortsighted and not deserving of our attention.