As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

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That, the thir of three volumes of Susan Sontag 's journals and notebooks, begins where the irst volume left off, in he middle of the sixties. It traces and documents Sontag 's evolution from fledgling participant in the artistic and intellectual world of New York City to world-renowned critic and dominant force in the world of ideas with the publication of the groundbreaking Against Interpretation in 1966.

As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh follows Sontag through the turbulent ears of the 1960s—from her trip to Hanoi at the peak of the Vietnam War to her time making films in Sweden—up to 1981 and the eginning of the Reagan era. This is an invaluable record of the inner workings of one of thi most inquisitive and analytical thinkers of the wentieth century at the height of her power. It is ofte a remarkable document of one individual 's political and moral awakening.
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As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980
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Published April 10th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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For one thing these entries do n't have any length or prose development to allow gentler impressions to form.

Sure, but the reader does n't earn much about Sontag from them because they lack the personal touch.

And one ca n't learn much about the subjects she references because the entries lack development.

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It looks like I wrote those tortured parts.

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I ant the encounter with anothe person or a work of art to change verything.

I anted to have it on me, to be willing to touch it, at thi moment of my death.

114) People say " it 's boring "- as if hat were a final standard of appeal, and no work of art wa the right to bore us.

Instead I really thin I 'm alone.Maybe that 's why I write- in a journal.

I guess I 'm alone, that I 'm the only reader of what I rea here- but thi knowledge is n't painful, on the contrary I feel stronger for it, stronger each time I rite something down.

( Hence, my worry this past year- I felt myself terribly weakened by the assertio that I would n't write in the journal, did n't ant to, was blocked, or whatever.) I ca n't talk to myself. ( But is that because I do fee it likel that someday someone I love who loves me will read my journal-+ feel even closer to me?) ( pg.

I emember when [ SS 's childhood friend ] Merrill and I used to debate whether we would sacrifice our lives to give Stravinsky one more wee of life- or five.

315) The only tal that seems worth writing is a cry, a hot, a scream.

359) The only stuf that makes life worth-while are moments of ecstasy.

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There 's also some REALLY UNFORTUNATE RACIST/ABLEIST TERMS used at around p.345, so maybe skip that too.

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Fragmented thoughts work.

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