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Against Interpretation and Other Essays by Susan Sontag
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it was amazing

When I’m reading a writer who speaks to me I’ll often share quotes that jump out off the pages, and I did that a few times reading AGAINST INTERPRETATION AND OTHER ESSAYS by Susan Sontag. Usually, those quotes are well-received, but not Sontag’s. Friends dismissed her as “second-rate cribbing” off of better minds, where I saw a dialogue. But, whatever, this was the first of her works I’ve read, and her first published collection, and I really enjoyed being in her mind for 300 pages. She mostly dives into art, from happenings to her famous “Notes on Camp,” not all of which I agreed with (she takes my favorite Camus down a notch and another fave, Sherwood Anderson, is completely dismissed), but never is her writing less than thoughtful, intelligent, engaging and challenging.
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Reading Progress

June 19, 2015 – Started Reading
June 19, 2015 – Shelved
June 30, 2015 – Finished Reading

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