Susan Sontag

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Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag

In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Poignant longings for beauty, for an end to probing below the surface, for a redemption and celebration of the body of the world. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perversity is the muse of modern literature.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nature in America has always been suspect, on the defensive, cannibalized by progress. In America, every specimen becomes a relic.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The taste for worst-case scenarios reflects the need to master fear of what is felt to be uncontrollable. It also expresses an imaginative complicity with disaster.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Unfortunately, moral beauty in art -- like physical beauty in a person -- is extremely perishable. It is nowhere so durable as artistic or intellectual beauty. Moral beauty has a tendency to decay very rapidly into sententiousness or untimeliness.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Jews and homosexuals are the outstanding creative minorities in contemporary urban culture. Creative, that is, in the truest sense: they are creators of sensibilities. The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the final analysis, style is art. And art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized, dehumanized representation.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents pots and pans -- the used things, warm with generations of human touch, essential to a human landscape. Instead, we have our paper phantoms, transistorized landscapes. A featherweight portable museum.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The discovery of the good taste of bad taste can be very liberating. The man who insists on high and serious pleasures is depriving himself of pleasure; he continually restricts what he can enjoy; in the constant exercise of his good taste he will eventually price himself out of the market, so to speak. Here Camp taste supervenes upon good taste as a daring and witty hedonism. It makes the man of good taste cheerful, where before he ran the risk of being chronically frustrated. It is good for the digestion.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro... this is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Taste has no system and no proofs.More Susan Sontag [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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