Friday, February 23, 2007

The Sphinx

Okay, so she didn't realize that her novels weren't the knockouts that her essays were, and she certainly could have stood to let her oft-whispered-about sense of humor shine through in her writing. But it's hard not to miss Susan Sontag. A new collection is out, containing this sage advice for writers:

“Not to have opinions but to tell the truth.”

“To depict the realities: the foul realities, the realities of rapture.”

“Serious writers, creators of literature, shouldn’t just express themselves differently from the hegemonic discourse of the mass media. They should be in opposition to the communal drone of the newscast and the talk show.”

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