Sempre Susan

Sempre Susan

A Memoir of Susan Sontag

Book - 2011
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A memoir of the writer responsible for the avant-garde Against Interpretation depicts her as a magnetic, outsized personality and a polarizing presence who made being an intellectual a glamorous occupation.
Publisher: New York : Atlas & Co. : Distributed to the trade by W.W. Norton, c2011.
ISBN: 9781935633228
Branch Call Number: B/SONTAG
Characteristics: 140 p. ; 19 cm.


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Mar 06, 2016

This bio gets past the chaff, cling-ons and scavengers. In love with David Reiff, Sigrid moved into his mom's apartment, then realized she was the third wheel. Sontag wrote high minded analysis, but treated friends peevishly. Sigrid was assigned the living room couch so David kept his bedroom for writing. Editing might improve this memoir, but clarity gleams with emotional balance. Neither Sigrid nor David have tapped mom's rigor. Did Sontag's psych binders hobble ? Or have neither worked through her put-downs and self boostering. Why didn't this great mind see how her expectations imposed on loved ones ? Most see that bitching at waiters loses dignity and credibility.


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