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Course Notes – Susan Sontag, “In Plato’s Cave,” from On Photography (1977)

by Daniel A. Kaufman


Half of my upper-division course in Aesthetics is devoted to criticism, but given the impossibility of doing any justice to the history of the subject in such a short time, I focus on two major critics from the last century: Clement Greenberg and Susan Sontag.  1,615 more words

Course Notes

Thoughts on “I”

When an essayist introduces the “I” it makes us feel uneasy. We long for the death of the author. Its “I” is rude, loud–corrupt. It has no place in the realm of criticism or deconstruction. 702 more words


“My library is an archive of longings.”  – Susan Sontag

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Lightly child, lightly.

The aura around each thing.
Respect it – Pause a moment – before you grasp something.

~ Susan Sontag, “2/8/79” in As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980… 60 more words


The Prompter Room

For Friday, June 22, 2018:

… Literature is the house of nuance and contrariness against the voices of simplification. The job of the writer is to make it harder to believe the mental despoilers. 90 more words

The Prompter Room

Are You Open to Interpretation?

“It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world—in order to set up a shadow world of ‘meanings.'” 558 more words

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