Friday, 15 January 2010

Born on 16th January - Susan Sontag

Born today in 1933. Susan Sontag: great writer, essayist, theorist, activist.
She died in 2004.
Three great moments:
1.She wrote at length on photography and the image, about how the camera has affected the human race and our moral codes, in 'On Photograpghy'. BUY IT HERE

2.She directed 'Waiting for Godot' in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war.

3.She wrote brilliantly about the work of Antonin Artaud. BUY IT HERE

Great essay on 100 years of cinema - written in 1995.
A Century of Cinema

"To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt. "

"The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions. "

"Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future. "

"I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them."