Seriousness, for Susan Sontag, was a flashing machete to swing at the thriving vegetation of American philistinism. The philistinism sprang from our barbarism—and our barbarism had conquered the world. The point was to be serious about power and serious about pleasure: cherish literature, relish films, challenge domination, release yourself into the rapture of sexual need—but be thorough about it. She was twenty-four.
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By Susan Sontag. In eight stories, this singular collection of short fiction written over the course of ten years explores the terrain of modern urban life. In reflective, telegraphic prose, Susan Sontag confronts the reader with exposed workings of an impassioned intellect in narratives seamed with many of the themes of her essays—the nature of knowing, our relationship with the past, and the future in an alienated present.
Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Contemporary Fiction. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 4 hours. Description In eight stories, this singular collection of short fiction written over the course of ten years explores the terrain of modern urban life. Related Categories. Book Preview I, etcetera - Susan Sontag. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. While I really enjoyed this collection, I found myself bored with some of the stories - namely Baby.
I could not care, unlike the story of Julia, her beautiful dead friend. I loved that one and re-read it, along with Unguided Tour. I will be reading more of hers, for sure.
But these eight stories, written between and for such diverse journals as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and Playboy, are fascinatingly varied, often delightful in their darkly ironic twists, and only occasionally unworthy of the reader effort required. Paradoxically, the two weakest stories are the easiest and the most difficult. Opaque "Dr. Jekyll" also dances its ideas on our heads—about energy, freedom, evil, karma?
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