Wednesday, December 29, 2004

SUSAN SONTAG, 1933-2004

Who didn't want her mind? (Well, many of those who voted for Bush because of, not even despite, his commitment to ignorance.)

The obituary in The New York Times neglected any mention of her long relationship with Annie Liebowitz (though they used AL's portrait of her) or of the child they had together. She lived in London Terrace, one block away from where I grew up in Chelsea.

How fitting that she went out fighting, with her ethical demands about the Abu Ghraib torture photographs.

For her simple piece in The New Yorker, which dared to ask whether the 9/11 terrorists were "cowards" and thereby attracted the on-going ire of flag-waving zealots, see


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