The Airing of Grievances
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
And Somebody Else Died Too...
Self hating American and Jew Susan Sontag kicked the bucket yesterday too. Although she championed a post-modern view of the cultural world as a complete whole (something we all live and understand daily now, hell the very concept of the AofG is nothing but that) and the aesthetics of lesbianism, you won't catch Cozmo among NY's intellectual elite lining up to pray at her altar.
This is a woman who wrote and published the following statements:
- In protesting the Vietnam War "The white race is the cancer of human history."
- Defended Leni Riefenstahl's anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda vehicles Triumph of the Will and Olympiad in 1965 with "To call Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will and Olympiad masterpieces is not to gloss over Nazi propaganda with aesthetic lenience . Because they project the complex movements of intelligence and grace and sensuousness, these two films of Riefenstahl's transcend the categories of propaganda, or even reportage" - only to call Riefenstahl a fascist nine years later because she published a series of photographs that celebrated indigenous tribes gender roles.
- On Pornography, "What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death." (I guess she wasn't watching HBO's new series, Pornucopia...)
- As a veiled compliment to the September 11 hijackers "Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a ... attack on `civilization' or `liberty' or `humanity' or `the free world' but an attack on the world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?"
- And my personal favorite, "He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser."
Whatever Susan. Oh yeah, Sontag repeatedly passed off "literary" work, both non-fiction and fiction as her own without crediting sources. That kind of thing gets you shunned in the blogosphere. Apparently, if you are a lesbian literary critic though, it's ok.
In 1967, Gore Vidal summed up almost everything there is to say about Sontag, "Unfortunately, Miss Sontag's intelligence is still greater than her talent." To the Mission Director's concise statement I would only add that to her death, Miss Sontag's intelligence was also greater than her common sense.