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Wn that workMoser who seems to be part of this Prodigal Prince Charming fellowship diagnoses Susan as an Adult Child of Alcoholics He also makes a lot of hay out of Susan s not wanting to come out which in 2019 makes a little sense in that she didn t wanted to be affixed with an ID cardrom Team Lesbian I suspect our current identity politics would have nauseated her There are some specious claims within such as her having balled Bobby Kennedy and Warren Beatty both of which I Task Force Bride find REALLY hard to believe A tale of Warren s calling Susan day and night is just pure silliness And there is a lot of evidence of Sudan the bad parent though she clearly loved her kid One particularly shocking momenteatures her taking off on a vacation abroad with a girlfriend at the moment her son goes into the hospital A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, for cancer surgery What do we learn about this protean genius this woman of infinite appetites She didn t like to bathe she ate grossood and she was so mean to people that by the 90smaybe even the 80sshe had driven everyone away I must say I came away Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, from Moser s wonderfully written sober practical and engaging biography withif not as much loveor Susan as ever She was the person I wanted to be as a child the urban sophisticate who is the ultimate Cocteau like hyphenate and is right at the epicenter of the culture in every imaginable arena We live to be sure in a post Sontagian culture But does she not give us in this haplessly Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue fallen world something to aspire toward Well this wasantastic but also too long I guess you are supposed to say she was a complex person blah blah Who isn t My main thought while reading it what a nasty woman I pity her and also I would have never wanted to be in one room with her She is so obnoxious Her Mistress fear to be alone to be authentic to be happy She was such a manipulative mother judgmental hostile and elitist with a superiority complex with others and this whole time so insecure in her private diaries Such a sad and confused woman She supported Salman Rushdie and soviet poetsleeing their countries which I respect The same Salman later called her a bullying monster Sontag s determination to create an unreliable narrator is so reliable that it becomes tedious there is after all nothing here we relied on to begin wit. Undermined her writing And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way and her conviction that Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own Utilizing hundreds of interviews conductedrom Maui to Stockholm and A Ranchers Redemption from London to Sarajevo andeaturing nearly one hundred images Sontag is the A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby first book based on the writer’s restricted archives and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag including Annie Leibovitz It is a definitive portrait a great American novel in theorm of a biography.
Ntimate those close to her Annie Leibovitz her son David who she casually ditched throughout his childhood bore the brunt of what was either a A Mother in the Making failure to empathise or straight out nastiness There is a little too much indulgence of this strain to render Sontag talented and even indispensable yet ultimately aailed person An obsession with the idea that Sontag projected who she was onto counterparts and subjects of criticism Indignation that she stayed in the closet during the early days of AIDS when coming out may have helped destigmatise the illness Her Kind Of Cowboy far than an essay deridedor not going His Pregnant Christmas Princess far enough There is ultimately a little too shrill a repetition of the biographer s distaste as opposed to clear eyed assessment And Moser it has to be mentioned is subject to many of the criticisms he here levels at Sontag which may well inadvertently reveal some of his motivationYet Moser writes well and you ll come away if dampened by appreciation of her shortcomings in no doubt as to Sontag s achievement and legacy as aearless and mould breaking intellect She was unconventional tricky her behaviour often impossible to understand She treated people badly But she was a massively important trailblazer who championed and supported countless writers brought hundreds of authors to the attention of a grateful readership wrote epochal works that still resound Through the Language Glass furthered the cause of casually stifled Saul Bellow stopped her getting a Macarthurellowship she wasn t the only woman he blackballed or reasons that needn t be speculated women intellectuals to an enormous degree There is ultimately just a little too much emphasis on her ailings and often too begrudging a testimony as to her achievements You may end up spending wasteful time wondering about Moser s agenda as opposed to delighting in his ascinating uniue contradictory subject and that s a shame Susan was beyond all else an example She was an avatar of erudition and high purpose that we didn t have in American letters in the twentieth century The closest comparable know it all is Harold Bloom but he s a traditionalist Susan was interested in the bleeding edge of culture the difficult stuff that demanded the most of us Why did she never write on Straub Huillet She must have kno. Ey to modern culture She was there when the Cuban Revolution began and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment in wartime Israel in besieged Sarajevo She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money and when many gave in No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous lovers Sontag tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the ormidable public ace the broken relationships the struggles with her sexuality that animated and.
Exhaustive in detail Sontag meticulously charts the life and career of the amous essayist Across Sanctuary four wide ranging parts Moser considers how Sontag transformedrom a would be academic with modest origins into an internationally recognized icon of Manha Sontag Her Life and Work 2019 written by Benjamin Moser totally captures the complexities of this dark literary lady and cultural icon Born Susan Rosenblatt 1933 2004 to Lithuanian Jewish parents Susan and her only son David Rieff would unapologetically change their given Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, family name to Sontag It was impossible to contain Sontag s genius intellect and persona by the conventions of ordinary lifeThe mother daughter dynamic shaped Sontag s character in numerous obvious and subtle ways Sontag adored her beautiful moody temperamental mother Mildred For reasons unknown Mildred declined to share the details of Sontag sather s death with her daughters Friendfluence for several months and seemed to want his memory erasedrom the One Part Woman family history Moser suggested reasonsor this were linked to Mildred s probable alcoholism and substance use though this was never a topic or polite discussion during the time Mildred confessed that although she ound her grandson David uite charming as a toddler she still didn t like childrenWhile still in high school before her admission to Berkley and the University of Chicago Susan interviewed the notable novelistpoet Thomas Mann several times Sontag was highly respected in college Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis for her intellect and was popular with professors and students alike Sontag studied and wrote about Freud extensively Moser described various parts of Sontag s compartmentalized selfhood the private self the social self and the self of metaphor and mask that was carefully watched and observed closely but at a distance Through the 1970 s many men 45 Aascinating subject well served by a highly readable overview One slight problem you can t help but sense Moser picked Sontag not merely or her obvious status as intriguing cultural iconinfluencer and essayist but at least partly so he could write a sumptuous takedown Too often this reader elt credit was conferred just prior to another withering knock Sontag as Moser has it was generous only to people with whom she was casually The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals her writing and her radical thought her public activism and her hidden private The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, faceNo writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag Mythologized and misunderstood lauded and loathed a girlrom the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics To See Paris and Die feminism and homosexuality celebrity and style medicine and drugs radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism thatorms an indispensable
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Benjamin Moser is a writer editor critic and translator who was born in Houston in 1976 and lives in the Netherlands After attending high school in Texas and France he graduated from Brown University with a degree in History He earned his MA and PhD from the University of UtrechtHe worked at Foreign Affairs magazine and Alfred A Knopf in New York before becoming an editor at the Harvil