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How Exactly Do You Define ‘Camp’? You Shouldn’t Even Try (Sorry, Susan Sontag)

“Camp, an agent of nonsense, resists this exercise. Or actually, like a child, kind of ignores it and wanders elsewhere.” J. Bryan Lowder takes it as a basic principle that camp is, or ought to be, fun — and whatever Sontag’s “Notes on Camp” is, fun it ain’t. “One can walk out of Sontag’s brain and into a less oppressive headspace. One can have a relationship with camp not marked by acrimony. But getting there requires recognizing how we got here.” So Lowder does some deep-diving — well, Slip ‘...
Tags: Art, Issues, J Bryan Lowder, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Lowder, 05.14.19


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


Art Review: ‘Camp’ at the Met, as Rich as It Is Frustrating

This year’s Costume Institute exhibition is finally here. Will it help you better define camp? Probably not. But the historical journey is thoroughly engaging.
Tags: Art, News, Bolton, Rich, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Susan, Andrew, Sontag, Costume Institute, Fashion and apparel, Camp: Notes on Fashion (Exhibit


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


5 Ways Indie Travel Has Changed — And Stayed The Same — Since 1999

Twenty years ago, when I set off on my first multi-month vagabonding trip around Asia, I noticed that a lot of the backpackers I met – cool indie travelers from places like Denmark and Tasmania and Oregon – were fixated with the notion of what travel must have been like in the 1970s. Indeed, as enjoyable as Thailand and India and Japan were in 1999, there was this sense that we had missed out on an earlier, purer era of travel some two decades before – a time before the advent of dial-up Interne...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Featured, Bali, Indonesia, Oregon, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Netflix, Thailand, Nepal, Middle East, Antarctica, Denmark


I've looked through 100+ photos of fashions at the Met Gala so you don't have to.

You can if you want, here.I'm just going to show you Janelle Monáe — my choice for the best:There was a theme, you have to understand. The theme was the old Susan Sontag essay "Notes on Camp" — which you can read in full here. Or here's the explanation in the NYT:In 1964, Susan Sontag defined camp as an aesthetic “sensibility” that is plain to see but hard for most of us to explain: an intentional over-the-top-ness, a slightly (or extremely) “off” quality, bad taste as a vehicle for good art.“No...
Tags: Fashion, Law, Love, Vanessa Friedman, The New York Times, Donald Trump, Janelle Monae, Trump, Donald J Trump, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Louis XIV, Ann Althouse, Andrew Bolton, Trumpland, Annual Nonsense


Mr. Rogers’ Nine Rules for Speaking to Children (1977)

The maxim “children need rules” does not necessarily describe either a right-wing position or a leftist one; either a political or a religious idea. Ideally, it points to observable facts about the biology of developing brains and psychology of developing personalities. It means creating structures that respect kids’ intellectual capacities and support their physical and emotional growth. Substituting "structure" for rules suggests even more strongly that the “rules” are mainly requirements for...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Television, Education, College, Life, David, Atlantic, K-12, Rogers, Facebook Twitter, Fred Rogers, Josh Jones, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Greenwald


11 Campy Runway Looks We're Dying To See At The Met Gala

The Met Gala is finally here, and if you're anything like us, you're furiously debating what top celebrities will wear in your group chat right now. Of course, with a theme like Camp: Notes On Fashion, predicting tonight's red carpet isn't exactly simple. While we were blown away by last year's attendees taking the Heavenly Bodies theme and making it their own (we're looking at you, Cardi B), this year's theme is so subjective and open to interpretation that there's really no telling what celeb...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Marc Jacobs, Peter, Cardi, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Giambattista Valli, Viktor Rolf, Victor VIRGILE Gamma Rapho Getty, Peter White Getty, Victor Boyko Getty, Dominique Charriau, Thierry Chesnot Getty, Thomas Concordia, Celia Kritharioti


As The Met Puts ‘Camp’ In Its Collection, Some Wonder If It Still Truly Means Anything

Camp relies on a sensibility that is deliberately not mainstream. So: “Is camp still ‘lots of fun’ when everyone’s on board, aboveboard? The ‘fugitive sensibility’ Sontag hoped to capture is now enshrined in the museum.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Sontag, 05.04.19


10 Campy Runway Looks We're Dying To See At The Met Gala

The Met Gala is six days away, and if you're anything like us, you're furiously debating what top celebrities will wear in your group chat right now. Of course, with a theme like Camp: Notes On Fashion, predicting Monday night's red carpet isn't exactly simple. While we were blown away by last year's attendees taking the Heavenly Bodies theme and making it their own (we're looking at you, Cardi B), this year's theme is so subjective and open to interpretation that there's really no telling what...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Peter, Cardi, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Giambattista Valli, Viktor Rolf, Victor VIRGILE Gamma Rapho Getty, Peter White Getty, Victor Boyko Getty, Dominique Charriau, Thierry Chesnot Getty, Celia Kritharioti


Essay: The Trouble With Autism in Novels

The disorder is poorly understood. Should novelists be able to make it mean whatever they want?
Tags: News, Autism, Helen, Gary, Susan, Don, Jonathan, Louise, Sontag, Shteyngart, Schulman, Books and Literature, Naoki, Lethem, DeLillo, Erdrich


Thanksgiving 5K Preparations start with Pie

SAN DEIGO (KGTV)— Thanksgiving is just four days away, and preparations are already underway for the 17th Annual Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving 5K Run. Proceeds from the race and festivities go toward the 1 million meals the organization serves to those who need it, every year. One of the biggest draws of the event is the pies, made by the organization’s Culinary Arts program students. The students are making 300 pumpkin pies, 200 apple pies, and 100 blueberry pies ahead of the race, possibl...
Tags: News, Connecticut, Joe, Balboa Park, Sontag, San Deigo, Air Force Veteran, Dorothea Sontag, Nurse s Air, Theresa Fields


How Do You Help a Grieving Friend? Acknowledge Their Pain and Skip the Platitudes & Facile Advice

“What does it mean to protest suffering, as distinct from acknowledging it?” writes Susan Sontag in Regarding the Pain of Others. Acknowledgment, the recognition of unimaginable pain and loss, is central, it turns out, to healing. Grief expert Alan Wolfelt lists “acknowledging the full reality of the loss” as the first in his “Six Needs of Mourning.” But he also notes what so many in his field are quick to point out about contemporary culture: “Normal thoughts and feelings connected to l...
Tags: Psychology, Google, College, Life, New York Times, Stephen Fry, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Devine, Durham NC Follow, Megan Devine, Jane Brody, Alan Wolfelt


How Writer-Activist Susan Sontag Inspired Next Year's Met Gala

If you didn't know who Susan Sontag was when news broke yesterday that next year's Met Gala theme was based off her essay on "Notes On 'Camp,'" it's all good — searches for her name are at an all-time high, which means a lot of people are just discovering one of the most prolific writers of our time for, well, the first time.On Tuesday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art's curator in charge Andrew Bolton revealed that next year's Met Gala will be all about camp, aptly titled: Camp: Notes on Fashion...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York City, Williams, Bolton, Oscar Wilde, Serena Williams, Gucci, Camp, Alice, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Yves Saint Laurent, Andrew Bolton, Gianni Versace, Lady Gaga Harry Styles Alessandro Michele




How Susan Sontag Staged ‘Waiting For Godot’ In War-Torn Sarajevo

Twenty-five years ago this Friday, Sontag’s production of Beckett’s play premiered in the besieged, hungry, surrounded-by-snipers Bosnian capital. Two actors who participated and a local journalist who was there recall how it happened.
Tags: Art, Theatre, Sarajevo, Beckett, Susan Sontag, Sontag, 08.15.18


"A young woman, well known to the New York City-based chattering class, has finally let loose with what she really thinks. 'The white race is the cancer of human history,' she says..."

"'... it is the white race and it alone—its ideologies and inventions—which eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself.' Has this author discovered some new tweet from Sarah Jeong, the now-notorious new hire at the New York Times? Nope. The quote above dates back to 1967. It’s from Susan Sontag, the chic literary critic. Her words were mostly in response to the Vietnam War, b...
Tags: Law, Cancer, New York City, America, Metaphor, New York Times, Masturbation, Vietnam, Lawrence, Sarah Jeong, Susan Sontag, Sontag, George McGovern, Ann Althouse, Pinkerton, Left-wing Ideology


Nonfiction: Ten Women Whose Tongues and Pens Were as ‘Sharp’ as Knives

In “Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion,” Michelle Dean considers 10 writers whose formidable talents earned them respect and enmity.
Tags: News, Rebecca, West, Dorothy, Joan, Mccarthy, Michelle, Susan, Mary, Parker, Ephron, Janet, Pauline, Dean, Sontag, HANNAH


Eastern quolls brought to Australia

Move over , wombat, we found an Australian creature even cuter than you. Eastern quolls are small (about the size of a cat), pointy-nosed, spotted marsupials who are adorable and need your help. Eastern quolls used to roam south-eastern Australia until about 50 years ago when they went extinct because of diseases, predators, and loss of habitat. Luckily, they were able to survive in Tasmania where their main predator, the fox, cannot be found. Photo: Sontag 1 Photo: Ways Before they got dec...
Tags: Travel, Australia, US, Wwf, New South Wales, Tasmania, Endangered Animals, Australian, All, Eastern, Sontag, WWF Australia, Booderee National Park, Reintroducing Wildlife, Southeast Australia, Rewilding Australia


Prelude Growth raises $80 mln with first fund

Prelude Growth Partners said Feb. 28 that it closed its first fund with $80 million in committed capital. Prelude, of New York, will seek to invest in consumer companies in sectors including beauty, personal care, health & wellness, food, beverage, and pet, among others. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK – February 28, 2018 – Prelude Growth Partners (“Prelude”) today announced the first and final closing of its debut consumer-focused private equity fund, Prelude Growth Partners I, L.P., with $80 million in...
Tags: New York, New York City, Time, Trends, Funds, Chanel, Sontag, Prelude, Digitas, Catterton, Maureen Chiquet, Laura Lang, Prelude Growth Partners, Neda Daneshzadeh, Alicia Sontag, Prelude Neda Daneshzadeh


Car vandalism culprit? Evidence points to unidentified bear

SONTAG, Miss. (AP) — Stealing a picnic basket is one thing. Mauling a car is quite another. A Mississippi wildlife department biologist says a bear attacked a woman’s car Friday in the Sontag community about 60 miles south of Jackson. Jamie Holt tells the Jackson Clarion-Ledger there were tooth and claw marks consistent with a […]
Tags: News, Mississippi, Oddities, Sontag, SONTAG Miss AP, Jamie Holt


Op-Ed Contributor: The Problem With Chuck Close

We shouldn’t erase this photorealist from the history of art. But it’s O.K. to cancel his show.
Tags: Art, Chuck, News, Close, Propaganda, Sexual Harassment, Picasso, Susan, Calif, Sontag, Pablo, Riefenstahl, Leni, Ed Contributor, Broad Museum (Los Angeles


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - November 23, 2017

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores. Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Following in the tradition of writers like Margaret Atwood, Lois Lowry, and Octavia Butler, Erdrich's new rich novel zeroes in on reproduction in a dystopian future of state control and biological revers...
Tags: Music, David, Canada, Montreal, Naples, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Librairie Drawn Quarterly Books of the Week, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Granta, Ferrante, Librairie Drawn Quarterly, Leanne Shapton, Benjamin Taylor, Erdrich, Louise Erdrich


Reconsidering Susan Sontag - Separating A Legend From Her Work

Sontag the personality has grown so large in death that it threatens to eclipse her work: She is remembered as a narcissist, a pugilist, the enemy of Camille Paglia, and a genius.
Tags: Art, People, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Camille Paglia, 11.10.17


Erie commercial fishermen sell catch right off their boat

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Whatever Jim Shaffer and Brian Sontag are doing, they’d rather be fishing. “We’ve been friends since second grade,” Sontag said. “We have pictures of us fishing in creeks.” They have “real” jobs. Shaffer, 46, sells furniture; Sontag, 45, does computer wiring for Viscom Systems. Slowly but surely, though, they’re making a […]
Tags: News, Shaffer, ERIE Pa AP, Sontag, Nation & World, Jim Shaffer, Brian Sontag, Viscom Systems Slowly


How I Learned To Accept My Aging Face

Today I changed my Facebook profile picture to a recent photo and it’s the bravest thing I’ve done all month. At the age of 33, I’m attempting to accept what I look like right now, rather than clinging on to an image taken five years ago. I feel like I’ve aged a lot in the last year and lately my own reflection causes me to recoil in shock. I no longer look in real life how I look inside my head. Apparently there’s a name for this: ‘midlife mirror angst’. Catchy.In the reflection that greets me...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Richard, Jay, Alex, Judy, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Jay Watts, Keren, Anne Karpf, TweetKatelyn Fryar, Wonderbra


7 People Who Have Changed Photography Forever

Photography as we know it has been shaped by both great photographers and from thinkers who have had the courage to share their creative ideas and take bold risks. In this article, we'll be covering 7 important figures (among many others that exist) who have influenced photography with their ideas more than with their photographs. John Szarkowski (1925 – 2007) Perhaps we wouldn't be able to delight ourselves with the magnificent work of Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander or Garry Winogrand if it wasn'...
Tags: Photography, Congress, Opinion, America, Pandora, United States, Annie Leibovitz, Stryker, Moma, Garry Winogrand, Susan Sontag, Sontag, CC BY SA, Szarkowski, Walter Benjamin, John Szarkowski


Lions of New York: Norman Podhoretz Still Picks Fights and Drops Names

Mr. Podhoretz, the former editor at Commentary magazine, looks back at the fierce, argumentative parties of New York’s intelligentsia.
Tags: New York, News, Columbia University, Giuliani, Norman, Commentary, Jules, Susan, George, Baldwin, Saul, Lauren, Sontag, Podhoretz, Bacall, Balanchine


John Berger (RIP) and Susan Sontag Take Us Inside the Art of Storytelling (1983)

“Somebody dies,” says John Berger. “It’s not just a question of tact that one then says, well, perhaps it is possible to tell that story,” but “it’s because, after that death, one can read that life. The life becomes readable.” His interlocutor, a certain Susan Sontag, interjects: “A person who dies at 37 is not the same as a person who dies at 77.” True, he replies, “but it can be somebody who dies at 90. The life becomes readable to the storyteller, to the writer. Then she or he can be...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Los Angeles, Literature, Tilda Swinton, Seoul, Berger, Lawrence, Facebook Twitter, Los Angeles Review of Books, Susan Sontag, Sontag, Verso, John Berger, Colin Marshall