Misunderstanding Susan Sontag
Her beauty and celebrity eclipse the real source of her allure—her commitment to aesthetic self-discipline.
For the October issue of
, I wrote about how Benjamin Moser's biography of Susan Sontag fails its subject.
“What we are attracted to in Sontag is the idea of a woman whose writing can induct readers into a style of feeling, of attachment, of vulnerability, while also appearing to refuse those feelings, those attachments, that vulnerability, for herself.”
"What is enchanting about her writing is her style: an associative and aphoristic approach to talking about, or around, intense emotions without indulging in them."