Friday, March 25, 2016
Which Books Have Been Unfairly Maligned?
By Benjamin Moser - The New York Times
In her often unloved fiction, Susan Sontag turned insecurity into a virtue.
To write a biography of Susan Sontag is to see how the image of a person can trounce the human behind it — and to learn that, even for someone as heavily mythologized as she was, some myths are more resilient than others. Two of the most persistent myths about Sontag could profitably be discarded. The first is that Sontag was that archetypal creature, the “strong woman.” The second is that Sontag, an essayist of genius, wrote rubbishy fiction. MORE