[BOOKS] ⚣ As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 By Susan Sontag – Transportjobsite.co.uk


  • Hardcover
  • 523 pages
  • As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980
  • Susan Sontag
  • English
  • 17 April 2018
  • 9780374100766

10 thoughts on “As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

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    One doesn t learn from experience because the substance of things is always changing pg 83 The only transformation that interests me is a total transformation however minute I want the encounter with a person or a work of art to change everything pg 83 For a year age 13 carried the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius always with me in my pocket I was so afraid of dying only that book gave me some consolation, some fortitude I wanted to have it on me, to be able to touch it, at the moment of my death pg 114 People say it s boring as if that were a final standard of appeal, and no work of art had the right to bore us pg 144 Mad people people who stand alone burn I m attracted to them because they give me permission to do the same pg 169 Guillaume Apollinaire deleted all punctuation from his first collection of poetry pg 179 I never talk out loud to myself I never even try and now I see why I don t I find it very painful Then I really know I m alone.Maybe that s why I write in a journal That feels right I know I m alone, that I m the only reader of what I write here but the knowledge isn t painful, on the contrary I feel stronger for it, stronger each time I write something down Hence, my worry this past year I felt myself terribly weakened by the fact that I couldn t write in the journal, didn t want to, was blocked, or whatever I can t talk to myself But is that because I do think it possible that someday someone I love who loves me will read my journal feel even closer to me pg 257 The longing to touch be touched I feel gratitude when I touch someone as well as affection, etc The person has allowed me proof that I have a body and that there are bodies in the world pg 261 Stravinsky s death this week I remember when SS s childhood friend Merrill and I used to debate whether we would sacrifice our lives to give Stravinsky one year of life or five I was fourteen, maybe fifteen pg 315 The only story that seems worth writing is a cry, a shot, a scream A story should break the reader s heart pg 359 The only thing that makes life worth while are moments of ecstasy pg 389 Writing that is a grimace virile, funny, shrewd Not cynical Malicious pg 403 Marcel Proust the biggest, greatest work of prose fiction straddles both worlds is about the world and is about solipsism pg 415 To be noble minded To be profound Never to be nice pg 426 What we call nihilism now I simply call thought What thinking doesn t lead to nihilism pg 440 Poetry should be a record of everything that comes into your head pg 444 My political positions all adversary I am against 1 violence , in particular, colonialist wars and imperialist interventions Above all, against torture 2 Sexual and racial discrimination 3 The destruction of nature and the landscape mental, architectural of the past 4 Whatever impedes or censors the movement of people, art, ideas If I m for anything, it is simply the decentralization of power Plurality pg 446 Bertolt Brecht advised his pupils to live in the third person pg 470 You re walking on my story to someone interrupting pg 502 In Russia, people wait for the poet to have the last word Nowhere does literature matter so much pg 514


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    Decline of the letter, the rise of the notebook One doesn t write to others any , one writes to oneself.So we have 500 pages of such musings, a mixed and often undercooked lot Through the process, a human portrait is revealed vain, slothful, codependent Finishing this last night, I pondered whether Sontag would ve approved of her son editing and publishing these writings to herself The amount of personal information I publish here weekly in the course of reviews and comments made that conjecture ridiculous.There were times when the thoughts shimmered Most of it was banal Lists of films viewed followed by weary exclamations to work harder The scope of this volume 16 years undermines any attempt to distill or encapsulate I m not sure what will linger and last after reading this.


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    If weird and bizarre Orientalist aphorisms are dealbreakers for you and they are for me We all have our Things then it would be best to skip 1968 and parts of 1972 73 There s also some REALLY UNFORTUNATE RACIST ABLEIST TERMS used at around p.345, so maybe skip that too Maybe you re wondering why I even bothered giving this any stars at all It s because it s a diary, and because there are a lot of moments where Sontag really exquisitely lays bear this deep pain and melancholy I disagree with her politics Liberalism seems a vast, obscure swampy territory one never emerges from, no matter how one tries OH NO GIRL She also has some unfortunate things to say about Women s Lit and assimilation YIKES and a lot of time her binary ways of processing leave me a little squeamish, but every so often there s a rage a thing she never felt comfortable expressing publicly, to all our detriment that is just exactly what you wanted to read Modernist nihilist wise guy bullshit Church.


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    I love all the tortured parts Sontag s relationship insecurities with other women and her feelings of not writing enough which is the best thing about this book I don t care for her son s terrible bracket edits ugh , nor reading her fragments for pages and pages, though yeah I know this is a notebook I kept thinking about Nin while reading Sontag, one so emotional and sensual in the prose, the other so intellectual and tense This took me a long time to finish because I had so many parts to copy down in my own journal It feels like I wrote those tortured parts.


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    Her emotional life is very easy to relate to and therefore quite moving However her observations and opinions in this were usually either slightly embarrassing or just underwhelming Whatever moves me is worth to me than everything anything else, so I did enjoy this, but that is also the extent of it.


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    Susan Sontag was a thinker To read her journals is to have the impression she was only that, lacking a side as woman, lover, mother, or friend But she was all of those things, as she knew Her journals seem to be attempts to weld the two sides of herself into one person, to harness her enormous intellect and interests to the flesh of the woman she was She says she s not saying things in absolute terms She claims to be allowing something to be said, something independent of herself I m not sure she succeeds The warmth is hard to feel It s difficult to see the softer side of Sontag in these journals For one thing these entries don t have any length or prose development to allow gentler impressions to form For the most part they amount to notes to herself, brief comments whose context only she can be sure of They have meaning for her Intellectually impressive Sure, but the reader doesn t learn much about Sontag from them because they lack the personal touch And one can t learn much about the subjects she references because the entries lack development We know what her interests were We don t learn why they interested her.


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    What I love about this book is that it is an accumulation of journals and, as such, has the sort of urgency and private feel to it that almost represents voyeurism Between lists of Sontag s readings and cinema rankings, ideal short fiction collection ideas, glimpses at her analysis of how some of her work was experienced, and general thoughts about intellectualism intellectuals of her acquaintances, there was also this extreme analysis of self and identity In tiny parcels I loved the parts about her relationships and perception of roles probably loved those most of all because the journals were where she parsed all matters of belonging or not belonging, longing and remaining apart I also enjoyed this because I hate journaling and reading her truncated clips lack of narrative fabric between, shorthand journaling made me feel like I might want to do it too, not to describe the minute details of every day, but to simply note what s of note elegantly, concisely, and give myself permission to eschew a fully realized narrative form Fragmented thoughts work Perhaps even their fragmentation, frequency, and ordering are plenty revelatory.


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About the Author: Susan Sontag

Jewish American literary critic, theorist, novelist, and filmmaker.