By Susan Sontag
"In the magazine i don't simply show myself extra overtly than i'll to any one; I create myself."
The first of 3 volumes of Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks, Reborn (1947-1963) unearths essentially the most vital thinkers and writers of the 20 th century, totally engaged within the act of self-invention. starting with a voracious and prodigious fourteen-year-old, Reborn ends as Sontag, age thirty, is eventually residing in manhattan as a broadcast writer.
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Extra resources for Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963
As yet, we haven’t even held hands! I did feel comfortable with him—though not affirmative and alive. The horrible thing was that, on this Friday night, I almost convinced myself that the intellectual satisfaction I felt with him—which was simply an absence of pain—was good, and the best kind of satisfaction there was—After Boas we sat over coffee for an hour, and then, walking, talked for two or three more hours. We discussed everything from Bach cantatas to Mann’s Faustus to pragmatism to hyperbolic functions to the Cal Labor School to Einstein’s theory of curved space.
I hope so, at any rate. ] (h)I believe, furthermore, that an ideal state (besides “g”) should be a strong centralized one with government control of public utilities, banks, mines, + transportation and subsidy of the arts, a comfortable minimum wage, support of disabled and age[d]. State care of pregnant women with no distinction such as legitimate + illegitimate children. 1948 4/13/48 Ideas disturb the levelness of life 7/29/48 … And what is it to be young in years and suddenly wakened to the anguish, the urgency of life?
There, she saw a performance of Medea in an amphitheater in southern Peloponnesus. ” “These people had no sense of seeing a work of art,” she told me many times. ” These diaries are real, too. And reading them, I have very much the anxiety that I am responding as those Greek spectators in the mid-1950s did. ” But of course I am too late: the play has already been performed and its protagonist is gone, as are most though not all of the other characters as well. What remains is pain and ambition.