Amazing Ebook, Conversations With Susan Sontag Literary Conversations Series By Leland Poague This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Conversations With Susan Sontag Literary Conversations Series , Essay By Leland Poague Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You On Sontag in general After having relied upon her advice on the backs of books for a long time, it was only this year that I actually read anything by Sontag It was a leap from a cliff Leaving out the fiction of which I still have the later two novels and all short stories to go I shall briefly talk about the glut of Susan I have indulged in I started with Under the Sign of Saturn , which consists of pieces about Paul Goodman, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, Leni Riefenstahl, Elias Canetti and Syberberg s Hitler, A Film From Germany All but the Riefenstahl piece inspire an enormous enthusiasm to go out and experience firsthand the people who have inspired such captivating essays, and indeed I have done so at least a little, for everyone apart from Artaud and Syberberg I also have a strong desire to watch Satantango, and which 7 hour film comes first will be as much due to mood as anything The copy of the book I read also had a cover that had me staring at it for almost as long as the book takes to read This one he s never coming back down that tree, I m sure of it I then went on to Against Interpretation and Styles of Radical Will and was excited and reassured to find someone saying things that I have thought and besides In these books, pieces exploring general ideas Interpretation, Camp, Silence, Pornography sit alongside focused essays Godard, Bergman s Persona , Trip to Hanoi The fact that the topics and references are already of interest importance to me is not even what I most enjoy about them for of course, like all great essayists, she is merely letting her own ideas shape whatever she writes about I m really just gushing here so I ll shortly stop, but I do believe that she fulfills to the utmost the potential of the essayist the ability to argue cases and make statements in which it is not even important whether you agree with her conclusions or not when someone is truly and seriously thinking, that very effort means that you can t help but be taken along, for they have done the hard part already commenced the thinking, stated the area up for thought Thanks to Sontag, I can now also say Walter Benjamin fulfills this role This Book When I saw this book of interviews in a shop, significantly cheaper than it s available online, I felt I had to buy it considering how easy, enlightening and enjoyable I have found my recent Susan reading season The introduction set me on edge though, with Mr Leland Poague saying several things which suggested to me albeit a newcomer and possibly too possessive that he was not particularly good at reading Sontag One notable example being No wonder Sontag has come increasingly to defend seriousness and language despite the linguistic skepticism implicit in her attachment to silence and in her critique of metaphor This seems to me incredibly wrongheaded, borne either out of bad reading or an infantile desire to reference of her work in his introduction Her critique of metaphor I have not read Illness as Metaphor , only Aids and its Metaphors seems to me, at least, entirely a defence of language, against bad metaphors, and a restatement of the seriousness of language and how the way we use it shapes the way we think But all Mr Leland got was the introduction so we need not worry about him too much The inteviews themselves are varied in quality and sometimes less varied in content though not too much , with many interviewers asking about the apparent disparity between her views on Riefenstahl in the 60s and 70s and the fact that she doesn t own a TV There is much talk of her essay writing and significantly less on her fiction Some of the interviewers can ask stupid questions, which is hardly surprising, the worst one probably being by Maxine Bernstein and Robert Boyers, who decide for no apparent reason to ask her opinion on some quotes from her ex husband Phillip Rieff, with predictably ugly results Though Rieff s notion of the teacher has in common with the Maoist pedagogic conception than with the main tradition of Western activity and high culture that he thinks he s defending against barbarous students it is formulated in a fashion dismissive of independence of thought than Maoism I m sure neither of them enjoyed that, especially poor Phillip.There are opinions on modern American writers who she likes Barthelme, Gass and who she doesn t Updike alongside formative influences Djuna Barnes and anecdotes Gass once asked her what emotion she wrote out of, to which she replied Grief , he said Oh, for me it s rage.Basically this is a hugely enjoyable book of conversations with someone who is always thinking, always changing, always growing My overwhelming feelings on Susan Sontag are, if I may be so bold as to steal her thoughts on Lionel Trilling, that I just couldn t believe what I was reading, something that addressed so many of the problems I was worrying about Even if I couldn t subscribe to the way he resolved these questions, I felt that somebody was talking about the things that mattered And see, now I have to go and read Lionel Trilling. A brilliant woman Says so much I agree with in a way I could never say it Says enough I disagree with to be stimulating Favourite part of an interview so far It s not just that people want things to be easy things that weren t so hard in the past seem difficult today I recently met a young woman at a major university who is writing her Ph.D on Proust This is her sixth year as a graduate student and she asked me, Don t you find it hard to read Proust all those long sentences And I asked, Hard compared to what Kurt Vonnegut Yeah, I guess it s harder than Kurt Vonnegut I submit that twenty years ago, no graduate student in her sixth year at a well known university would ever have been able to utter such a sentence It wouldn t have been sayable She would rather have gotten undressed in the middle of the street than say, shamelessly and rather wistfully, Don t you that that Proust is kinda hard People don t even know what they can t say anyThere are all sorts of changes like this, of people and finding things hard, of people not have the necessary energy She said this in 1981 Fast forward 30 years and. Good conversations indeed
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