At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches
Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep curiosity about art, politics, and the writer's responsibility to bear witness have secured her place as one of the most important thinkers and writers of the twentieth century.
At the Same Time gathers sixteen essays and speeches written in the last years of Sontag's life, when her work was being honored o
Como mi segundo libro en este reto literario del 2017, que tiene como finalidad conocer a escritoras alrededor del mundo, opte por Susan Sontag de Estados Unidos. Novelista, fotógrafa, directora de cine, activista de varios movimientos políticos y sociales, así también como defensora de los derechos humanos y la libertad de expresión, Sontag fue nacida en Nueva York en 1933 y fue egresada de universidades como O ...more
I think the best part is the first section. I particularly liked the essays about Victor Serge and Anna Banti.
The section on 9/11 and its aftermath was also powerful.
I found the speeches uneven but definitely worthwhile.
If truth is light I think this book should glow in the dark.
While not her best, it is alas, the last. It was helpful also to read the foreword to better understand the context of these essays and how truly heart breaking to read the lament that she wishes she had more time to write about what burned deep inside her.
Many, many wonderful "big ideas" broken down into tiny bits:
1. There is no final photograph.
2. Literature was freedom. Especially in a time in which the values of reading and inwardness are so strenuously challenged.
3. The likelihood that you ...more
Una colección de ensayos, artículos, conferencias y discursos, “Al mismo tiempo” es -me juego una carta, porque no tengo más antecedentes- el mejor boleto para entrar al mundo de ...more
I read her fantastic essay, An Argument About Beauty, which I will not forget because I loved it; 1926...Pasternak, Tsvetayeva, Rilke; Loving Dostoyevsky (about Leonid Tsypkin's Summer in Baden Baden); Unextinguished: the Case for Victor Serge; and A Double Destiny: On Anna Banti's Artemesia. (All waiting on my shelves to be read.)
I skimmed the Laxness essay and the rest, which doesn't count as reading. I felt a failing desi ...more
As a writer, I don't strive to emulate Sontag; her ideas aren't articulated as accessibly as they deserve to be. But I learn a lot from her nonetheless. Her writing leaves ...more
A writer is first of all a reader. It is from reading that I derive the standards by which I measure my own work and according to which I fall lamentably short. It is from reading, even before writing, tha I became part of a community - the community of literature.
"A writer is first of all a reader. It is from reading that I derive the standards by which I measure my own work and according to which I fall lamentably short. It is from reading, even before writing, that I became part of a community -- the community of literature -- which includs more dead than living writers." ~ Susan Sontag
Sono una raccolta di riflessioni, articoli, idee, pensieri.
Lo stile maturo di una intellettuale onnivora non si fa mai maniera, e noi beviamo a quella fonte.
Un punto d'accesso all'opera di Susan.