Posts Tagged: susan sontag

Life with Susan Sontag

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In the 1970s, writer Sigrid Nunez moved in with her boyfriend and his mother. She hovered over the couple, critiqued their sex life, had an endless parade of house guests, and chided Nunez for not being more of a people-person. His mother was the already world-famous writer Susan Sontag. “When she came home, though it […]

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Being Sontag’s Assistant

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“Then the book was fin­ished, or at least a com­pleted man­u­script was turned in—as I was to learn, for Susan, the book is never fin­ished. We spent a week holed up in her apart­ment comb­ing through the gal­leys and then another with the page proofs, tweak­ing and mas­sag­ing the text. When I say ‘holed up,’ […]

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Literary Fashionables: The Cultural Theorist and The Sportsman

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Two hallowed New York intellectuals are The Rumpus’s next set of Literary Fashionables.  Susan Sontag and George Plimpton both circled the upper tiers of Manhattan’s literary society. And while exhibiting seemingly opposing aesthetics, both Sontag and Plimpton promulgated revolutionary ideas and modes of approach to writing that would impact literary stylists for years to come.

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Notable New York, This Week 2/8 – 2/14

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This week in New York, Harper’s presents “Love: A Rebuke” with Colson Whitehead, Heidi Julavits and Sam Lipsyte, Simon Critchley in bed with Cabinet’s Brian Dillon chatting about hypochondria, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Gignatic present the Greatest 3-Minute Rock ‘n Roll Story Ever, Adam Haslett reads from his debut novel, The Magnetic Fields perform, Zachary […]

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Sigrid Nunez Remembers Susan Sontag

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Here’s some weekend reading: Sigrid Nunez has written a beautiful memoir of Susan Sontag in the latest issue of Tin House. (The text is not available online, but I highly recommend you pick up this issue of Tin House: it’s a really good one.) Nunez was involved with Sontag’s son David, and all three lived together […]

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