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Susan Sontag on LOVE

“Literature was the passport to enter a larger life; that is, the zone of freedom” Susan Sontag Jan 13 1933- Dec 28 2004

Earlier this year, a volume of writer, filmaker and literary icon Susan Sontag’s diaries were released called As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980.

Maria Popova wrote on the 3rd August for  that the book was ” a treasure trove of insight — on writing, on censorship, on aphorisms— from the deepest corners of one of the greatest minds in modern history. But besides her extraordinary intellect, what made Sontag a force of nature was also her complex and ever-evolving emotional perception, brimming with extreme self-awareness and keen reflection on her relationships with others.”


Hand-written letter by Wendy MacNaughton exclusively for brainpickings.

Find out more about Susan Sontag via the Susan Sontag Foundation website here


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  1. Emma Skipper

    Susan Sontag’s book On Photography and her discussions surrounding compassion fatigue had a huge influence on my studies of the role of photography, and specifically photojournalism, in the way media report global crises. I would 100% recommend reading them, she is truly one amazing woman and one of my favourite writers. So insightful…

    A personal favourite:

    Thanks for sharing! E

  2. Emma Skipper

    The last bit meant to read…

    ANOTHER personal favourite from Susan Moeller:

    • Kay

      On Photography is also the first one that opened my eyes to the concept of compassion fatigue, so many fascinating observations in general as to why we take photographs. Her many insights into the modern world are crucial documents of our time.

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