Sempre Susan

Sempre Susan

A Memoir of Susan Sontag

Book - 2011
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In this poignant, intimate memoir, Nunez, a novelist who lived with Susan Sontag's son for several years in the 1970s, speaks of her gratitude for having had, as an early model, "someone who held such an exalted, unironic view of the writer's vocation." Published more than six years after Sontag's death, "Sempre Susan" is a startlingly truthful portrait of this outsized personality, who made being an intellectual a glamorous occupation.
Publisher: New York : Atlas & Co., c2011.
ISBN: 9781935633228
Branch Call Number: 818 SON N
Characteristics: 140 p.


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Mar 06, 2016

This bio gets past the chaff, cling-ons and scavengers. In love with David Reiff, Sigrid moved into his mom's apartment, then realized she was the third wheel. Sontag wrote high minded analysis, but treated friends peevishly. Sigrid was assigned the living room couch so David kept his bedroom for writing. Editing might improve this memoir, but clarity gleams with emotional balance. Neither Sigrid nor David have tapped mom's rigor. Did Sontag's psych binders hobble ? Or have neither worked through her put-downs and self boostering. Why didn't this great mind see how her expectations imposed on loved ones ? Most see that bitching at waiters loses dignity and credibility.

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