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Turns Out Susan Sontag’s Actual First Book Was The One Her Husband Put His Name On And Made His Career With

A new biography by Benjamin Moser argues, citing previously unreleased correspondence as well as textual analysis, that Philip Rieff’s Freud: The Mind of the Moralist, which launched his academic career, was actually written (or rewritten) by Sontag, who had married Rieff when she was 17 — and that she relinquished rights to the book as part of her divorce settlement in order to avoid a custody fight over her son. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Benjamin Moser, Rieff, Philip Rieff, 05.13.19

Susan Sontag was true author of ex-husband's book, biography claims

Sontag: Her Life says she wrote Freud: The Mind of the Moralist by Philip Rieff, whom she married at 17A new biography of Susan Sontag is set to claim that the American writer was the true author of her first husband Philip Rieff’s seminal work Freud: The Mind of the Moralist.Out in September, Sontag: Her Life by Benjamin Moser lays out textual and anecdotal evidence that Sontag was not only the unofficial co-author of the 1959 analysis of Freud, which has long been known. Then in her 20s, the c...
Tags: Books, US news, Culture, Sigmund Freud, Freud, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Benjamin Moser, Rieff, Biography books, Philip Rieff, Her Life

What is Camp? When the “Good Taste of Bad Taste” Becomes an Aesthetic

Even if you don't care about high fashion or high society — to the extent that those two things have a place in the current culture — you probably glimpsed some of the coverage of what attendees wore to the Met Gala earlier this month. Or perhaps coverage isn't strong enough a word: what most of the many observers of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute annual fundraising gala did certainly qualified as analysis, and in not a few cases tipped over into exegesis. That enthus...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Interview, College, Lady Gaga, Seoul, Camp, David Foster Wallace, Trump, John Waters, Facebook Twitter, Gordon, Tiffany, Sunset Boulevard, Susan Sontag, Sontag

Which Canonical Books Are Routinely Misread And Misinterpreted?

Rivka Galchen writes about how she, like many, misunderstood Don Quixote when she first read it. Benjamin Moser argues that the answer to the question has to be the Bible. (Too easy?)
Tags: Art, Words, Don Quixote, Rivka Galchen, Benjamin Moser, 02.17.17

Which Books Have Been Unfairly Maligned?

Benjamin Moser: “In [Susan Sontag’s] essayistic writing, strength expressed through categorical statements often became a besetting weakness. … In her often unloved fiction, however, she turned insecurity into a virtue.” Charles McGrath: “What we tend to forget about Kipling, in our haste to pigeonhole him as a Victorian crank and reactionary, is that for all […]
Tags: Words, Audience, Susan Sontag, Benjamin Moser, 03.20.16, Charles McGrath

Are There Any Unforgivable Sins In Literature?

Rivka Galchen: “For me, the unforgivable sin in literature is the same as that in life: the assumption of certainty and the moral high ground.” Benjamin Moser: “The Nazis proved that perverted words can, in fact, lead to the destruction of society. … To use words to serve the cause of human unfreedom is grotesque, […]
Tags: Words, 01.10.16, Rivka Galchen, Benjamin Moser