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G interests If there s little about her writing these notes carry hints at what she was reading and studying and how it all influenced her Many of these entries are intensely personal Confessional Difficult to completely understand her it s also hard to like her She whines complains bemoans every bump in her rocky love life Or she writes as though her
love life is filled with trouble She loved hard agonizing over every experience Writing her feelings down helped her life is filled with trouble She loved hard agonizing over every experience Writing her feelings down helped her with them just as noting her scholarly advances allowed her to keep track of the path she climbed It s eually hard to relate to her learning Part of it is her enormous intelligence At 16 at Berkeley She Was Filling Her Journal With she was filling her journal with entries demonstrating this Continuing to do so because they were intended for her rather than a reading public they re not particularly helpful in helping us understand Sontag Tailored for her own use she doesn t have to explain how she got to the peak she s already there and writes in the knowledge she used every day The troule is at the top of peaks like Sontag s mind sometimes a cold wind blows across such a landscape filled with rock and wind Stark direct sunlight is wasted One comes to understand the journal reflects the kind of woman she probably wasSo in this first volume of journals we re able to follow the two parallel courses emotional and intellectual of this clever California girl from New York to Europe and back through lesbian affairs to marriage and motherhood to women lovers again from oung Berkeley undergrad to Columbia professor and novelist It s uite a ride By 1961 Sontag disliked herself The reader may have reservations too but can t help finding her fascinating I can t imagine Susan Sontag as
a oung person because I ve always encountered her as the staggering cultured young person because I ve always encountered her as the staggering cultured the umpteenth degree uber cosmopolitan critic that she is in her essays It s hard to imagine someone like that ever being a kid The journals in Reborn start when she s fourteen and she s already complicated moody and painfully self conscious than most people four times her age You don t really see a development here as much as ou get these brief staccato flashes of intensity and When Miss Gangster Meets Her Match yearning as she struggles to interrogate literature film her husband her lesbian affairs being a single parent ad infinitum She has the same voracious uncompromising intellectual commitment to dissecting her personal life as she does to dissecting culture and art And she never criticized anything as harshly as she went after herself What an important book to read whenour life is a mess The first of three volumes of Susan Sontag s diary Reborn Journals and Notebooks 1947 1963 charts the development of a sharp intellect The volume follows the famous writer from her beginnings at the University of California Berkeley as a precocious sixteen Aliens Among Us year old undergraduate student to the time of her first novel s publication Reading lists story ideas and aesthetic judgments on film literature and art intermix with fast paced descriptive passages lengthy accounts of affairs with female lovers and musings about the tedium of marriage As the diary unfolds Sontag s observations on aesthetics become ever thought provoking but her writings on her everyday life often come across as insular and dull. Lf portrait of one of America's greatest writers and intellectuals teeming with Sontag's voracious curiosity and appetite for life We watch theoung Sontag's complex self awareness share in her encounters with the writers who informed her thinking and engage with the profound challenge of writing itself all filtered through the inimitable detail of everyday circumstanc.
A Project Of Nosinessproject of nosiness of intellectual curiosity but these were pretty interesting This is the first of three planned volumes of Sontag s journals edited by her son David Rieff This volume covers the oung and precocious Sontag from age 14 to 30 It s a period of learning for her though she already appears learnedThe early entries are about 2 primary awakenings First is a blossoming
intellectual strength through studies at Berkeley Oxford and the Sorbonne followed by a return to thestrength through studies at Berkeley Oxford and the Sorbonne followed by a return to the S and a professorship at Columbia The early 60s also saw her writing her first novel The Benefactor In addition these journal ears are filled with her sexual awakening At Berkeley at 16 she recognized herself as a lesbian Later at Chicago she married sociology professor Philip Rieff and bore their son David In Europe without Philip she returned to an affair with Harriet her lover at Berkeley and later in New York was in a long relationship with Irene never returning to her marriageThe entries are mostly notes lists and jogs to herself indicating directions she wanted to take Few entries are developed into purposeful prose it s sometimes difficult to determine what she was thinking what her attitudes were at least in depth And it s difficult to follow details of her biographical narrative What is clear is a strong sense of increasing self awareness and expandin. Er journals and notebooks presents a constantly and utterly surprising record of a great mind in incubation It begins with journal entries and early attempts at fiction from her ears as a university and graduate student and ends in 1964 when she was becoming a participant in and observer of the artistic and intellectual life of New York CityReborn is a kaleidoscopic se. ,
Susan how DARE ou read my mind like this the diary of A Growing Woman Exploring growing woman exploring her Judaism and lesbianism while documenting her numerous cultural discoveries from movies to books to pieces of classical music composed of both intimate thoughts about repressed feelings and destructive relationships and general ones about literature philosophy art or even love this book is as rich as Sontag s mind and lively life in NYC Paris and other places where she meets other great figures of the 20th century My desire to write is connected with my homosexuality I need the identity as a weapon to match the weapon that society has against me It doesn t justify my homosexuality But it would give me I feel a license I am just becoming aware of how guilty I feel being ueer Being ueer makes me feel vulnerable It increases my wish to hide to be invisible which I ve always felt anyway had never underlined that many sentences in a book before This is the first thing I ve read by Sontag and perhaps a strange place to start As reading enjoyment the beginning was the most compelling as Sontag undergoes swift changes in her intellectual landscape and social life Her endless list of books to read are all inspiring and act as doorways to other people to check out Kafka s diaries Gide The latter part is a little scattered
But Still Filled Withstill filled with and often pretty dark views into her psyche while leaving her family behind and having a seemingly unhealthy affair in Paris The journal format is very appeali I am not myself with people but am I myself when alone That seems unlikely tooWhen reflecting on Kafka s diaries Sontag rightly writes that Kafka has that magic of actuality In Even The Most Dislocated even the most dislocated that no other modern has a kind of shiver and grinding blue ache in Jonathan Visits the White House your teeth Sontag also praises the clarity and precision of Gide s diaries remarking that she feels herself rapidly growing through reading them The charm of Sontag s diaries lies elsewhere I think simply in that they offer us a look into Sontag s constantly whirring mind When Sontag excerpts Barnes description of a man whose face was one of those which for fear of misuse has not been used at allou get the sense that Sontag can t imagine a worse fate Whatever ou think of her as an essayistnovelist public intellectual ou can t help but respect Sontag s uestioning spirit She writes in one entry Remember My ignorance is not underlin Three Από τη Μήδεια στη Σταχτοπούτα, Η ιστορία του φαλλού years ago The Guardian ran some excerpts from an upcoming edition of Susan Sontag s journals and despite being at that time little to me than a massive literary reputation I was dazzled by her penetrating often brutal self dissection of her own personality and intellect I even dared think I recognized a sensibility shockingly similar to my own Fast forward through severalears and the journals a compilation of her earliest are here and es my suspicions have been borne out Not that I d at all euate our intellectual abilities but I recognize and in a sense sympathize over the slavish desire of creating and shaping an entire identity out of intellectual engagement and a systematic and largely self imposed exposure to art and the humanities a desire always at war with the cravings for intense personal experiencesThe reborn of the title hints at one of the mai. I intend to do everythingto have one way of evaluating experience does it cause me pleasure or pain and I shall be very cautious about rejecting the painful I shall anticipate pleasure everywhere and find it too for it is everywhere I shall involve myself whollyeverything mattersSo wrote Susan Sontag in May 1949 at the age of sixteen This the first of three volumes of