Wednesday, January 05, 2005


Tom Smith's analysis of Susan Sontag's death is spot-on:
A good essay on Susan Sontag. I haven't read anything by her since I stopped reading the New York Review of Books about 20 years ago, so I can't really comment on her evolution. What struck me about her death is how it marked the end of an era. The idea of people who live in New York or Paris and specialize in being intellectuals because they read so many deep books and are sensitive to many different forms of art seems antique now, like wearing goggles when you fly airplanes.
Stuart Buck


Blogger Gideon Strauss said...

Oh, I would not write off the idea of the intellectual all that easily, regardless of what one might have thought of Ms. Sontag and her ilk.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Tom Smith has in mind a certain category of pretentious and self-professed intellectuals, as opposed to the real deal. At least that's the distinction I would make.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Sorry, that last comment was from me.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Tom Smith shouldn't be categorized as a "know-nothing." His comment is irreverent, to be sure; try to think about it in light of the old Partisan Review crowd in New York, Jacques Derrida in Paris, etc., etc.

12:09 PM  

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