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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

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

2019 Met Gala: Lady Gaga, Billy Porter Bring Camp To The Red Carpet

The theme for this year's gala is "Camp: Notes on Fashion" — a nod to the 1964 essay by Susan Sontag. Here's a roundup of celebrities who very much understood the assignment.(Image credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Tags: News, Red Carpet, Susan Sontag, Lady Gaga Billy Porter

The Met Gala Goes To Camp: Here's All The Over-the-Top Looks From The Red Carpet

We've researched the theme, predicted what celebrities will wear on the red carpet, and Insta-stalked Lady Gaga for so long that we're starting to see platforms in our sleep. The only thing left to do is watch the red carpet. Yep, the First Monday in May is finally here, and it's time to welcome the biggest, most meticulously planned night in fashion: The Met Gala.The Met Gala kickstarts a four-month-long exhibit put on by the Costume Institute at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thi...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Chanel, Anna Wintour, Serena Williams, Balmain, Red Carpet, Cardi, Susan Sontag, Billy Porter, Costume Institute, Dimitrios Kambouris Getty, Brandon Maxwell, Jamie McCarthy Getty

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

This Year’s Met Gala Theme Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time

Susan Sontag's essay "Notes on 'Camp'" informed the 2019 Met Gala. Here's what that could look like on the red carpet.
Tags: News, Susan Sontag, Better Time

Met Gala 2019: What does 'camp' really mean?

If you've ever felt the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art takes itself a bit too seriously, you may want to pay attention to "Camp: Notes on Fashion," the Costume Institute's upcoming spring exhibition. According to the museum, the exhibition, inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp," will examine "how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion."
Tags: News, Stories, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Susan Sontag, Costume Institute

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

Hear It New!

With just under a month to go until National Sawdust opens Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, now feels like a great time to reflect on the program we’ve curated for our first international outing. The opening concert, Hear It New!, highlights the breadth of National Sawdust’s work with composers, performers, filmmakers and designers, demonstrating the potential for true collaboration to create boundary-pushing new music which is relevant to our society. The program highlights artists from our close c...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Usa, Religion, Washington Dc, Peru, Kennedy Center, Columns, National Geographic, Rotterdam, Emma, Amanda, Beverly Hills California, Susan Sontag, National Sawdust, Kavanaugh

75 Best Travel Quotes To Inspire Your Wanderlust (Ultimate List)

Best Inspirational Travel Quotes Of All Time Inspirational Travel Quotes Are these the best travel quotes of all time? Feed your wanderlust with these inspirational travel quotes from famous travelers along with beautiful images you can share. Let the adventure begin! I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I love inspirational travel quotes. These memorable travel quotes accompanied by stunning photography have the ability to capture little moments of clarity that highlight truths about trave...
Tags: Ray Bradbury, Afghanistan, United States, Travel Quotes, Travel Inspiration, Tim Cahill, Roy, Banksy, Mark Twain, Iceland, Nicaragua, Road, Jack Kerouac, Frost, Travel Tips, Antoine

What Is The Met Gala’s Camp Theme Exactly?

Update:Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, further explained the relevance of the 2019 Met Gala's theme to Vogue on Tuesday, calling out its cultural relevance.Camp, Bolton notes, “has become increasingly more mainstream in its pluralities—political camp, queer camp, Pop camp, the conflation of high and low, the idea that there is no such thing as originality.” He continues: “but I think you’ve got to be incredibly sophisticated to understand camp—look at Yv...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Rihanna, White House, Vogue, Elton John, The New York Times, Lady Gaga, Cher, Bolton, Naacp, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Trump, Versailles, Susan

Maya Turovskaya, ‘The Soviet Susan Sontag’, Dead At 94

She co-wrote the famous documentary Ordinary Fascism, which was seen by millions of ordinary Soviet citizens (and got past the censors because it was, on the surface, about the Nazis), but she spent most of her career as a widely admired theatre and film critic, “writing cultural criticism that was erudite and cleareyed — and that managed not to outrage the Soviet authorities.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Nazis, People, Susan Sontag, 03.22.19, Maya Turovskaya

Maya Turovskaya, Russian Critic and Documentarian, Dies at 94

Called “the Susan Sontag of Soviet aesthetic thought,” she wrote about movies and theater and helped make a film that drew parallels between Nazism and Stalin.
Tags: Movies, News, Russia, Theater, Susan Sontag, Deaths (Obituaries, Writing and Writers, Turovskaya, Maya (1924-2019

60 Free-to-Stream Movies for Women’s History Month: Classic Agnès Varda, a Portrait of Susan Sontag, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, and More

March is Women's History Month, and every month is a good one for watching movies. Well aware of both those facts, the people behind free-to-user online streaming service Kanopy have made a range of 60 woman-centric and mostly woman-made films available this month. Some of the women involved include Nouvelle Vague auteur Agnès Varda, director of Cléo from 5 to 7 and The Beaches of Agnès; Susan Sontag, the prolific writer and subject of Regarding Susan Sontag; and Greta Gerwig, who went f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, England, Film, College, China, Berlin, America, Paris, Cameron, Tanzania, Greta Gerwig, Tehran, Seoul, Nouvelle Vague, Mavis Staples

Best Travel Quotes We Can Retire Forever (And What to Use Instead)

If there’s anything that the travel social media world has taught me, it’s that people are suckers for a good quote. However, it has also taught me that people are lazy and lack originality. That’s the only conclusion I can reach after having seen the same quotes circulated what must surely be thousands of times. In an effort to rid ourselves of these forever, a cleansing purge of vocabulary, I want to share the worst offenders as well as offer some alternatives to the best travel quotes that I...
Tags: Travel, Tim Cahill, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Paul Theroux, Top Travel Tips, Marcel Proust, John Steinbeck, Helen Keller, J R R Tolkien, St Augustine, Susan Sontag, Wallace Stevens, Mary Anne Radmacher, Marty Rubin, Hilaire Belloc

best finds of 2018

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Here are the best finds of 2018. Wise Words “Susan Sontag was asked what she had learned from the Holocaust, and she said that 10% of any population is cruel, no matter what, and that 10% is merciful, no matter what, and that the remaining 80% could be moved in either direction” —Kurt Vonnegut, via @holdengraber “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that s...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, Berlin, United States, Charles Darwin, Westminster, Jeff Bezos, Ursula K Le Guin, Donald Trump, Terry Pratchett, eLearning, Darwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Bezos, Susan Sontag

Why You (Still) Won't See Any Size Diversity At This Year's VS Fashion Show

Ahead of this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, we know a few things: who's performing (Halsey, Shawn Mendes, and Rita Ora to name a few), who's walking (Behati Prinsloo, who's back after a three-year hiatus, plus 19 newcomers), that Adriana Lima is retiring, and more. In terms of more unexpected news, however, the VS Fashion Show is still committed to sticking to what it knows and what sells.In a lengthy interview with Vogue, chief marketing officer of L Brands Ed Razek and executive vice...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Rihanna, Vogue, Rita Ora, Victoria, Kardashian, Susan Sontag, L Brands, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Fenty, Ed Razek, VS Fashion Show, Monica Mitro, Halsey Shawn Mendes

Fashion News Roundup: October 2018

Jenna Lyons’ new venture, the theme for next year’s Met Gala, an H&M bra collection for breast cancer survivors, and other style news that made headlines in October. Stuart Weitzman is expanding its boot width sizes: Fall styles will be available in sizes 4–12 and in narrow, medium, and wide.  H&M launched a bra collection for breast cancer survivors. Next year’s Costume Institue exhibition and Met Gala will be framed around Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay ‘Notes on ‘Camp’. Walmart has announ...
Tags: Fashion, UK, News, Christian Dior, Turner, Jenna Lyons, Susan Sontag, Alexander Wang, Stuart Weitzman, J Crew Jenna Lyons, Gilberto Benetton, Camp Walmart, Eloquii Everlane, London Victoria Albert Museum

Everything You Need To See & Know From The H&M x Moschino Show

It wasn't enough that Jeremy Scott enlisted three Hadids (Gigi, Bella and Anwar) to walk his MOSCHINO [tv] H&M runway, nuh-uh — the stunt king had to go and one-up himself with Naomi Campbell to shut it down. But that's not all.At Pier 36 in New York on Wednesday, the local fashion crowd and a convoy of influencers and celebrities gathered to watch the retailer's latest designer collaboration make its debut. MOSCHINO [tv] H&M, it's called (or H&MOSCHINO, for short) — and it's Scott's most theat...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Hollywood, Ebay, Naomi Campbell, Bfa, Scott, Campbell, Susan Sontag, Winnie Harlow, Anwar, Joan Smalls, Stella Maxwell, Jeremy Scott, Gigi Bella

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

Where’s Cher? Is Mackie Too Tacky? Metropolitan Museum Goes “Camp” for Costume Institute Show

The Metropolitan Museum has just announced that its next Costume Institute extravaganza will be Camp: Notes on Fashion, May 9-Sept. 8, 2019. (Rest in Peace, Susan Sontag.) But Cher, with a show about to open on Broadway, doesn’t seem to be involved, and how can the Costume Institute have a show like this with none of the gowns Bob Mackie designed for her?
Tags: Art, Broadway, Cher, Metropolitan Museum, Ajblogs, Susan Sontag, Costume Institute, Bob Mackie, 10.10.18, Mackie Too Tacky

The Annual 2019 Met Gala Will Be 'Camp'-Themed. Let Us Explain.

Inspired by Susan Sontag's "Notes on Camp"
Tags: Science, Susan Sontag

Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, and Serena Williams to Co-Chair 2019 Met Gala

This year’s celebrity picks to co-chair the 2019 Met Gala are Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, and Serena Williams. This year’s theme is “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” riffing on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp.” Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue and artistic director of Conde Nast, has co-chaired the gala every year since 1995, and picks […]
Tags: News, Conde Nast, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Anna Wintour, Serena Williams, Met Gala, Susan Sontag, Lady Gaga Harry Styles