Stet by Ria Bacon

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

On Sontag

I´ve only read her first two novels, The Benefactor and Death Kit, and didn´t enjoy either of them. Too wooden, in contrast with her essay writing which sparkled with wit and erudition. Notes on Camp and Fascinating Fascism both had a big influence on me, spinnng off other discoveries such as Max Beerbohm´s forgotten gem Zuleika Dobson and a new perspective on the Nuba as an extension of Leni Riefenstahl´s glorification of the body beautiful as fascist art. On Photography was a must-read, together with Roland Barthes´ Camera Lucida.

Uh-oh. Coffee time. A sacred gathering in Dutch society ...
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