First Shapes lMany critics have deemed some the photographs of Sontag in poor taste Whether Sontag was writing about Vietnam during her stay in Hanoi in the 1960 s or war torn Sarajevo in the 1990 s or 911 she was always one step ahead of her time and Sontag sife and times are covered exceptionally well in the 832 pages of this book With thanks and appreciation to HarperCollins for the DDC for the purpose of review 45 A fascinating subject well served by a highly readable overview One slight problem you can t help but sense Moser picked Sontag not merely for her obvious status as intriguing cultural iconinfluencer and essayist but at Dispatches from Dystopia least partly so he could write a sumptuous takedown Too often this reader felt credit was conferred just prior to another withering knock Sontag as Moser has it was generous only to people with whom she was casually intimate those close to her Annie Leibovitz her son David who she casually ditched throughout his childhood bore the brunt of what was either a failure to empathise or straight out nastiness There is aittle too much indulgence of this strain to render Sontag talented and even indispensable yet ultimately a failed person An obsession with the idea that Sontag projected who she was onto counterparts and subjects of criticism Indignation that she stayed in the closet during the early days of AIDS when coming out may have helped destigmatise the illness far than an essay derided for not going far enough There is ultimately a Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) little too shrill a repetition of the biographer s distaste as opposed to clear eyed assessment And Moser it has to be mentioned is subject to many of the criticisms he hereevels at Sontag which may well inadvertently reveal some of his motivationYet Moser writes well and you Ancient World ll come away if dampened by appreciation of her shortcomings in no doubt as to Sontag s achievement andegacy as a fearless and mould breaking intellect She was unconventional tricky her behaviour often impossible to understand She treated people badly But she was a massively important trailblazer who championed and supported countless writers brought hundreds of authors to the attention of a grateful readership wrote epochal works that still resound furthered the cause of casually stifled Saul Bellow stopped her getting a Macarthur fellowship she wasn t the only woman he blackballed for reasons that needn t be speculated women intellectuals to an enormous degree There is ultimately just a Fighter little too much emphasis on her failings and often too begrudging a testimony as to her achievements You may end up spending wasteful time wondering about Moser s agenda as opposed to delighting in his fascinating uniue contradictory subject and that s a shame I found it aittle bit odd that some reviewers of the ARC of this book complained that they did not want to waste 700 pages reading about such a difficult person I tend to think of gushing hagiographies of historical figures as being almost as creepy as biographies of high profile villains Събрани разкази, Том 5 like Hitler or Napoleon It s far better to read in detail about challenging personalities warts and all and Sontag certainly had her share of wartsSome may wonder in the opening pages if Benjamin Moser was the right person to pull this off since he tends to analyze deep motivations in almost a post Freudian sense and offer the results as a true picture Certainly one could challenge his certainty if not his conclusions at times but the reason this ends up working is because Moser s conclusions ring true The book exceeds 700 pages because Moser wants to give us a flavor of all the decades from the 1940s to the early 2000s when Sontag influencedate 20th century politics culture and intellectual The Real James Herriot life Andove her or hate her she certainly did play a Waterloo (Sharpe, leading role in defining those worlds Moser is not afraid to say that many of her novels plays and film experiments were only partially successful but he concludes by showing that Sontag mattered in ways we may not fully understand for decades to comeMoser digs deeper than the simplest explanation to show why Sontag was often unhappy or willing toash out at friends The most common view is that Sontag was never comfortable with the idea of coming out as a Cinderella lesbian and to the end of herife resisted addressing any aspect of her gender identity Moser shows that there was a good deal of truth in this but it was also related to Sontag s uncomfortable relationship with her own body She was not grounded in her body she did not take care of her health but in her three bouts with cancer she seemed willing to abuse her body horribly merely to make sure her mind could go on Moser also takes the คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ leap to say that the underlying challenge in both ueer politics and body familiarity was that Sontag was the child of an alcoholic Certainly her mother s odd and detached manner and Sontag s bitter relationship with her mom was reflectedater in Sontag s own strange relationship with her son David Rieff Though Sontag herself never showed aspects of a substance abusive personality the damages wrought by even a single generation of parent with alcohol or drug addiction can ive on in many succeeding generationsThe juicy newsbyte that many publicists seem to focus in
this book is the revelation Sontag essentially wrote the entirety book is the revelation that essentially the entirety her ex husband Philip Rieff s 1950s book Freud The Mind of the Moralist I find this scarcely surprising and argely irrelevant because it was all so Mary After All long ago and because Freud matters soittle these days It certainly shows the degree of male dominance in academia in the 1950s and Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, later descriptions of the divorce underscore what a terribly creepy person Philip Rieff was but this story is a very minor sidelight in the bookMoser hints at an aspect of philosophy and public intellectualife that I fleshed out a ittle in my own mind though Moser himself was not this explicit He showed that Sontag got a classic 1940s intellectual education at the University of Chicago heavily influenced by Greek and Roman authors Marx Freud and many 18th century philosophers As a result she believed in disembodied mental images and philosophy She never subscribed at all to the post modernist realm in which Theory in academia became paramount to ives actually Miss Emily lived I say good for her for that Heregacy will Phoenix (Black City, live onong after the What The Queen Wills (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales likes of Derrida and Foucault are forgottenIt is often said that Sontag and her contemporaries were theast generation of public intellectuals and there are no comparative figures today Some would respond by saying that the philosophers of the 21st century are in fields such as cognitive neuroscience and comparative microbiology I will go so far as to guess that if Sontag had encountered thinkers BabyCakes Covers the Classics like Daniel Dennett and George Lakoff earlier in her career a physical impossibility unless she had been bornater she would have eagerly followed the neuroscience philosophers and would have been at peace with her body and her sexuality as a result To cite but one example in Lakoff s work Philosophy in the Flesh he cites the key role of metaphor as being central to the hidden ayer of the neural network one that makes philosophy and abstraction possible Moser makes metaphor central to his entire biography of Sontag Lakoff concludes his book by tossing out a good deal of Plato Descartes Kant Marx Freud and others saying any philosophy that assumes the existence of a disembodied intelligence and that does not center itself on emergent intelligence arising from the human body is next to worthless If Sontag and many of her contemporary philosophers had tossed out 34 of the classical education offered at University of Chicago Berkeley and most Ivy League schools in the 1940s and 1950s she might have been a much happier genius But of course then we would not have seen the 1960s trajectory of the public intellectual that we saw in SontagSontag often is cited as a New Left public intellectual but Moser said it is complex than that Sontag always was interested in meaning metaphor and representation than in ideology When she seemed to mouth platitudes in Havana or Hanoi it was often because she was not paying attention to realities on the ground another factor of being uncomfortable with her own being in the world rather than because she believed in any centralized socialist ideologies In talking about the evolution of New York public intellectual ife in the 1950s through 1970s Moser shows what an inbred and cloistered group these writers were It wasn t just that people put up with sexist jackasses The Ground Beneath Her Feet like Norman Mailer faronger than they should have It was that the editors of The New York Review of Books considered themselves far influential than they really were Moser brings up the case of the shunning of the radical poet Adrienne Rich Who the hell cares what these people thought It reminded me of the number of young novelists in the 1980s who centered their stories on Oh My Gods! lives andoves among Manhattan and Brooklyn Frogs French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan, literati Who the hell cares The artificial cultural island of New York uite simply didn t matter and Sontag was right to stop paying attention to her compatriots in many such mattersThe problem was she never did so with kindness or consistency a result of having no Buddhist or selfove principles to fall back on Sontag would regularly shun betray or trash talk both close friends and Artful lovers because she had no effective way of stating her independence without bad mouthing those sheoved A classic case came in the post Yugoslavia wars argely initiated by the Serbs When Sontag made ong stays in Sarajevo during the siege of that city she rightly berated US and Western European intellectuals for their silence on Bosnia and their apparent willingness to give Slobodan Milosevic a free pass But there is a wrong and right way to berate One can snidely call a close ally a useful idiot yet still find a way to talk to them tomorrow but Sontag seemed to be an expert at. Ey to modern culture She was there when the Cuban Revolution began and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment in wartime Israel in besieged Sarajevo She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money and when many gave in No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous overs Sontag tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face the broken relationships the struggles with her sexuality that animated and. 1030 this biography has inspired me to revisit some of the essays in Where the Stress Falls dismaying There comes a time to put away childish things This is kitsch Culture as kitschy Europhilia that s what Sontag really stood for in the end Long past time to read Pierre BourdieuFrom Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo the ultimate I m not racist but statement in highbrow dragEven uite well informed people in the United States and in Europe seem genuinely surprised when I mention that until the siege began a middle class Sarajevan was far عصير الرماد likely to go to Vienna to the opera than to go down the street to a mosue I make this point not to suggest that theives of non religious urban Europeans are intrinsically valuable than the Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One, lives of the devout of Tehran or Baghdad or Damascus She defends the dignity of Muslimives in Bosnia by suggesting they re not actually Muslims because uh they The Legacy (The Restoration Series, like opera If you can read the above without cringing you need to spend time in sports bars or maybe a mosue just a few days ago I felt somewhat differentlyI believe I ve read every Sontag book published in herife plus the two volumes of journals that came out posthumously But of course the real point of reading Susan Sontag wasn t reading her own books so much as reading all the books she recommends written by other people not to mention seeing all those movies she Perpetual Power (The Tressa Tremaine Series Book 1) lists I owe a huge part of my readingife and general cultural education to Susan Sontag I m sure a Celine lot of people on this site would say the same thing She s still the patron saint of self serious I refuse to say pretentious autodidacts Years before this biography Sontag had already been demystified by the revelations of her journals as well as a string of extremely unflattering sometimes hilarious memoirs by people who knew her Personally Iike to think I grew out of my Sontag phase Charmed (The Donovan Legacy, long ago and yet there is something permanently beguiling about her or ateast the idea of herI was hoping Benjamin Moser s biography would Ballet Shoes let me decide once and for all what I think of her Well it s an excellent book but it didn t do that It seems undeniable Sontag could be a deeplyoathsome person but still there was something in that pose that wasn t just a pose A seriousness worth taking seriously Well this was fantastic but also too Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, long I guess you are supposed to say she was a complex person blah blah Who isn t My main thought while reading it what a nasty woman I pity her and also I would have never wanted to be in one room with her She is so obnoxious Her fear to be alone to be authentic to be happy She was such a manipulative mother judgmental hostile and elitist with a superiority complex with others and this whole time so insecure in her private diaries Such a sad and confused woman She supported Salman Rushdie and soviet poets fleeing their countries which I respect The same Salmanater called her a bullying monster Sontag s determination to create an unreliable narrator is so reliable that it becomes tedious there is after all nothing here we relied on to begin with A wonderful book Moser shows patience ove intelligence and goodwill toward his subject Susan Sontag Most books I read on Sontag are by people who knew her personally and their books read ike a revenge on her While reading Moser s book I never thought about the biographer He kept himself resolutely out of the book His focus remains on Sontag s Cheri Red life and her work I enjoyed reading Moser s take about Sontag s essays and her fiction and how her work intersect with the works of other authors Usually I prefer books noonger than 250 300 pages so reading this one is an exception A nice one Susan was beyond all else an example She was an avatar of erudition and high purpose that we didn t have in American Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page letters in the twentieth century The closest comparable know it all is Harold Bloom but he s a traditionalist Susan was interested in the bleeding edge of culture the difficult stuff that demanded the most of us Why did she never write on Straub Huillet She must have known that workMoser who seems to be part of this fellowship diagnoses Susan as an Adult Child of Alcoholics He also makes aot of hay out of Susan s not wanting to come out which in 2019 makes a Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, little sense in that she didn t wanted to be affixed with an ID card from Team Lesbian I suspect our current identity politics would have nauseated her There are some specious claims within such as her having balled Bobby Kennedy and Warren Beatty both of which I find REALLY hard to believe A tale of Warren s calling Susan day and night is just pure silliness And there is aot of evidence of Sudan the bad parent though she clearly Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition loved her kid One particularly shocking moment features her taking off on a vacation abroad with a girlfriend at the moment her son goes into the hospital for cancer surgery What do weearn about this protean genius this woman of infinite appetites She didn t Aladdin like to bathe she ate gross food and she was so mean to people that by the 90smaybe even the 80sshe had driven everyone away I must say I came away from Moser s wonderfully written sober practical and engaging biography withif not as muchove for Susan as ever She was the person I wanted to be as a child the urban sophisticate who is the ultimate Cocteau Daddy Must Die like hyphenate and is right at the epicenter of the culture in every imaginable arena Weive to be sure in a post Sontagian culture But does she not give us in this haplessly fallen world something to aspire
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Benjamin Moser Totally Captures TheMoser totally captures the of this dark The Message Glorious literaryady and cultural icon Born Susan Rosenblatt 1933 2004 to Lithuanian Jewish parents Susan and her only son David Rieff would unapologetically change their given family name to Sontag It was impossible to contain Sontag s genius intellect and persona by the conventions of ordinary O Cérebro de Broca lifeThe mother daughter dynamic shaped Sontag s character in numerous obvious and subtle ways Sontag adored her beautiful moody temperamental mother Mildred For reasons unknown Mildred declined to share the details of Sontag s father s death with her daughters for several months and seemed to want his memory erased from the family history Moser suggested reasons for this wereinked to Mildred s probable alcoholism and substance use though this was never a topic for polite discussion during the time Mildred confessed that although she found her grandson David uite charming as a toddler she still didn t ike childrenWhile still in high school before her admission to Berkley and the University of Chicago Susan interviewed the notable novelistpoet Thomas Mann several times Sontag was highly respected in college for her intellect and was popular with professors and students alike Sontag studied and wrote about Freud extensively Moser described various parts of Sontag s compartmentalized selfhood the private self the social self and the self of metaphor and mask that was carefully watched and observed closely but at a distance Through the 1970 s many mental health professionals and academics believed homosexuality could be changed at will Sontag had affairs with both men and women and usually declined to share intimate details of her personal ife with significant others Judith was shocked to Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales learn her sister had femaleovers many years after the factWhen Sontag was 17 she married 28 year old sociology instructor Philip Rieff m1950 59 Mildred typically had A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, little to say about her new son inaw The newlywed s celebrated by going out for burgers Susan is now recognized as the editortrue author of Freud The Mind of a Moralist 1959 Rieff reluctantly added Sontag s name as the co author in ROMANTIC TAKEOVER later editions of the book and never produced another book of similar uality Susan eventually insisted on the freedom that only a divorce could provide and promptly elected to travel abroadeaving David in the care of domestic staff Rieff didn t take Sontag s departure as easily as she had hoped For a period of time he stalked her and accused her of being an unfit mother Sontag feared she would ose custody of David After decades and marriage to his second wife Rieff claimed Susan was indeed the ove of his Keeper of the Light lifeSontag identified simply as a writer If she had come out of the closet or identified as a feminist she would have gainedegions of support from the gay community and additional popular women s organizations and forums Moser observed that Sontag wouldn t have been as renowned and her work would have had Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, less of an impact on all social and culturalevels had she publically identified as a The Homing lesbian or feminist author and noted the example of the authorpoet Adrienne Rich 1929 2012 to support his point of view By 1964 when Sontag taught at Colombia the numbers of Jewish students admitted to prestigious colleges and universities soared to 65% when discriminatory practices against them ended While Sontag was from sunny California most of her friends colleagues and other associates were from New York these Jewish intellectuals invented the genre of Literary Criticism Sontag soyal friend Roger Strauss founder of FSG Publishing printed all of her books Strauss and Sontag helped The Women of Easter launch the careers of many new writers through generous support and mentorshipIn the declining years of herife Sontag was surprisingly cognizant and energetic sitting up in her hospital bed reading the paper and having the final word about her care Sontag s Why Are You So Scared? long term partner the iconic celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz flew her to Seattle for treatment at the Fred Hutchinson s Cancer Care Center Moser didn t seem to uncover many new details other than what is already on record of their relationship nor is it surprising that Leibovitz would chose to document her relationship with Sontag and conseuently Sontag s drastic decline from cancer in her pictorial volume A Photographers Life 1990 2005 2006 The photographs are stunning though. The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals her writing and her radical thought her public activism and her hidden private faceNo writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag Mythologized and misunderstoodauded and The Power of One loathed a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism Sontageft a egacy of writing on art and politics feminism and homosexuality celebrity and style medicine and drugs radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism that forms an indispensable .
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Permanently burning bridges Sure it showed her as an independent thinker but it did not show her as a kind personHer ate He Who Dares life relationships particularly her odd deepove with photographer Annie Leibovitz were particularly abusive in this regard and once again it all boiled down to a fear of death and a fear of the body Unfortunately some of these behaviors rubbed off on her son David Rieff who seemed to grow sullen and uncaring with others as he entered middle age It ended up making her twin memorial services following her death a mockery an indication of all that had been broken in her way of seeing herself and othersMoser s epilogue aptly titled The Body and Its Metaphors concludes on a positive note by pointing out that she offered volumes of useful observations on the relationship between anguage and reality as well as the relation between image and reality In her book On Photography she explored what McLuhan had hinted at at how immediate visual access to information and ater the impact of a always on Internet changed our perception of reality But in the new era of deepfakes we can no Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar longer trust photographic or video evidence We may noonger be able to trust reality itself Where would Sontag have gone in exploring t linguistic concepts of reality with theikes of Chomsky or Lakoff Moser points out that it s useless to ask how Sontag would have confronted problems arising ater in the 21st century it s enough to know that she would have been the first to ask the right uestions Still it would have been interesting to see if a familiarity with the body might have made her a fundamentally happier person Sontag Her Life and Work 2019 written by Benjamin Moser totally captures the complexities of this dark iterary Stand Up and Fight lady and cultural icon Born Susan Rosenblatt 1933 2004 to Lithuanian Jewish parents Susan and her only son David Rieff would unapologetically change their given family name to Sontag It was impossible to contain Sontag s genius intellect and persona by the conventions of ordinaryifeThe mother daughter dynamic shaped Sontag s character in numerous obvious and subtle ways Sontag adored her beautiful moody temperamental mother Mildred For reasons unknown Mildred declined to share the details of Sontag s father s death with her daughters for several months and seemed to want his memory erased from the family history Moser suggested reasons for this were inked to Mildred s probable alcoholism and substance use though this was never a topic for polite discussion during the time Mildred confessed that although she found her grandson David uite charming as a toddler she still didn t ike childrenWhile still in high school before her admission to Berkley and the University of Chicago Susan interviewed the notable novelistpoet Thomas Mann several times Sontag was highly respected in college for her intellect and was popular with professors and students alike Sontag studied and wrote about Freud extensively Moser described various parts of Sontag s compartmentalized selfhood the private self the social self and the self of metaphor and mask that was carefully watched and observed closely but at a distance Through the 1970 s many mental health professionals and academics believed homosexuality could be changed at will Sontag had affairs with both men and women and usually declined to share intimate details of her personal Now Is the Hour life with significant others Judith was shocked toearn her sister had female Londons Glory (Bryant May, lovers many years after the factWhen Sontag was 17 she married 28 year old sociology instructor Philip Rieff m1950 59 Mildred typically hadittle to say about her new son in Jingle Bells law The newlywed s celebrated by going out for burgers Susan is now recognized as the editortrue author of Freud The Mind of a Moralist 1959 Rieff reluctantly added Sontag s name as the co author inater editions of the book and never produced another book of similar uality Susan eventually insisted on the freedom that only a divorce could provide and promptly elected to travel abroad eaving David in the care of domestic staff Rieff didn t take Sontag s departure as easily as she had hoped For a period of time he stalked her and accused her of being an unfit mother Sontag feared she would ose custody of David After decades and marriage to his second wife Rieff claimed Susan was indeed the Troys love of hisifeSontag identified simply as a writer If she had come out of the closet or identified as a feminist she would have gained Knights Templar in Britain legions of support from the gay community and additional popular women s organizations and forums Moser observed that Sontag wouldn t have been as renowned and her work would have hadess of an impact on all social and cultural Reign of Fury (Battles in the Dark, levels had she publically identified as aesbian or feminist author and noted the example of the authorpoet Adrienne Rich 1929 2012 to support his point of view By 1964 when Sontag taught at Colombia the numbers of Jewish students admitted to prestigious colleges and universities soared to 65% when discriminatory practices against them ended While Sontag was from sunny California most of her friends colleagues and other associates were from New York these Jewish intellectuals invented the genre of Literary Criticism Sontag s Nature Cure loyal friend Roger Strauss founder of FSG Publishing printed all of her books Strauss and Sontag helpedaunch the careers of many new writers through generous support and mentorshipIn
the declining years of her ife Sontag cognizant and energetic sitting up indeclining years of her ife Sontag was cognizant and sitting up in hospital bed reading the paper and having the final word about her care Sontag s The Fixer (The Fixer, long term partner the iconic celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz flew her to Seattle for treatment at the Fred Hutchinson s Cancer Care Center Moser didn t seem to uncover many new details other than what is already on record of their relationship nor is it surprising that Leibovitz would chose to document her relationship with Sontag and conseuently Sontag s drastic decline from cancer in her pictorial volume A Photographers Life 1990 2005 2006 The photographs are stunning though many critics have deemed some the photographs of Sontag in poor taste Whether Sontag was writing about Vietnam during her stay in Hanoi in the 1960 s or war torn Sarajevo in the 1990 s or 911 she was always one step ahead of her time and Sontag sife and times are covered exceptionally well in the 832 pages of this book With thanks and appreciation to HarperCollins for the DDC for the purpose of review I just do not know where to start in describing Sontag Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser It is very well researched As the title indicates it covers both her One of Your Own life and her works Her relationships with her mother her sister her one time husband her son her male and femaleovers are all explored It took me a while to be drawn in She was both an aesthete and a highbrow intellectual This put me off at the start I Nina like straight talk Initially I found her way of speaking too highfalutin too pretentious Peu peu I began to comprehend her way of being I got beyond her manner of expressing herself I began to understand the uestions she was asking and what she was searching for The author gives you her words from her journals and the words of both her friends and enemies I began to see how she was thinking At the beginning I was put off by the end I was thoroughly drawn in Both Sontag s positive as well as negative attributes areaid bare I came to care for her This does not mean I Super Gran (Super Gran, like her Does this seem strange Well she is complicated and the book shows this amazingly well The thoughts that twirled through her head are fascinating once I got beneath the esoteric to what she was driving at The issues she focused upon were important and are still relevant today She changed over time in other ways she didn t change at all I can tell you Iove how she searched for the truth At the same time she freuently Jay McGraws Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies lied No matter what I say I can say the opposite too She is shown to be weak and strong and so very human Sontag was a fascinating person You don t have toike a person to find them fascinating You don t have to Legally Sane like a person to appreciate the things they have done Admitting she wasesbian was an anathema for her Sexuality is tied to her whole way of being Coming out of the closet isn t an action it is a processThink about these Shadowspell Academy lines All that we have is our opinion Never give that away Man is seen Women areooked at Happiness is a trivial subject There is a difference between being and pretending to bebetween being and playing a role Everyone was great friends and no one knew anybody The following amused me Susan remarks that she adores receiving guests but detests visiting others she adores giving advice but detests being given advice from others Aren t you smiling Are you the same The Anna Del Contes Italian Kitchen list can be extended it is never ending Reading about her battles against cancer are excruciating Her engagement in Vietnam and Sarajevo are worthy of the highest praise Her cruelty to friends will make you cringe A secondater she puts herself out on the Dead Center line and helps a friend She was a woman of contradictions Read the book Don t be too hasty in judging it Give it time The audiobook is narrated by Tavia Gilbert She is just not one of my favorite narrators Her tone of voice irritates me She wants to pullisteners over the coals She pushes Murder Moonflowers (The Herbalist listeners to feel emotional I feel manipulated when Iisten to her but the further I got the ess attention I paid to the narration I had become too involved in Sontag s ife story to even bother about the narration Gilbert is easy to follow and her French pronunciation is passable Three stars for the narrationSontag Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser 4 starsThe Volcano Lover A Romance DNF Exhaustive in detail Sontag meticulously charts the Exploring Limits (Exploring Limits, life and career of the famous essayist Across four wide ranging parts Moser considers how Sontag transformed from a would be academic with Undermined her writing And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that hadost its way and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo and featuring nearly one hundred images Sontag is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag including Annie Leibovitz It is a definitive portrait a great American novel in the form of a biography.