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Susan Sontag, author and activist, dies at 71
AP ^ | 12/28/4

Posted on 12/28/2004 10:01:32 AM PST by SmithL

NEW YORK -- Susan Sontag, the author, activist and self-defined "zealot of seriousness" whose voracious mind and provocative prose made her a leading intellectual of the past half century, died Tuesday. She was 71.

Sontag died Tuesday morning, officials at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center said. She had been treated for breast cancer in the 1970s.

Sontag called herself a "besotted aesthete," an "obsessed moralist" and a "zealot of seriousness."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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1 posted on 12/28/2004 10:01:33 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Oh, well, that's too bad.


2 posted on 12/28/2004 10:03:37 AM PST by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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Oh, THAT Susan Sontag.
3 posted on 12/28/2004 10:04:44 AM PST by SmithL (People who are willing to accept everything, don't believe in anything.)
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To: SmithL
She had her moments of clarity:

From Newsday: ""Ever the iconoclast, Sontag had a knack for annoying both the right and the left. In 1982, in a meeting in Town Hall in New York to protest the suppression of Solidarity in Poland, she declared that communism was fascism with a human face. She was unsparing in her criticism of much of the left’s refusal to take seriously the exiles and dissidents and murdered victims of Stalin’s terror and the tyranny communism imposed wherever it had triumphed.""

4 posted on 12/28/2004 10:05:38 AM PST by churchillbuff
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To: SmithL

For some perspective, this is the woman who said, of the 9/11 hijackers "...In the matter of courage (a morally neutral virtue): whatever may be said of the perpetrators of Tuesday's slaughter, they were not cowards." In effect, suggesting we got what we deserved.

Her career is chock full of same similar bullspit commentary praising despots, and tyrants ...


5 posted on 12/28/2004 10:06:32 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: SmithL

Oh gee whiz, that's too bad...


6 posted on 12/28/2004 10:07:53 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: SmithL
A sad, confused and (ultimately) lost woman.

While I certainly don't celebrate her passing... I won't lie and claim to mourn it, either.

7 posted on 12/28/2004 10:08:08 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: mgc1122

What exactly did she do anyway?


8 posted on 12/28/2004 10:08:23 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: SmithL; Rodney King
From locked thread:

I try not to speak ill of the dead, so I won't.

Why not? Where does this come from?

I have the same instinct as well. I'm just wondering where it comes from and is it really necessary with public figures being discussed publicly.

I don't mean nasty personal things such as "it's great they died" etc...

When Stalin died, for example, were people to not say anything bad?

9 posted on 12/28/2004 10:08:44 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: SmithL
And if the word "cowardly" is to be used, it might be more aptly applied to those who kill from beyond the range of retaliation, high in the sky, than to those willing to die themselves in order to kill others. In the matter of courage (a morally neutral virtue): whatever may be said of the perpetrators of Tuesday's slaughter, they were not cowards.

So that's where Bill Maher came up with it.

10 posted on 12/28/2004 10:09:23 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: churchillbuff

I can also say something good about her.

She helped popularize Machado De Assis, an excellent 19th century Brazilian author, in the United States. He is one of my favorites.


11 posted on 12/28/2004 10:10:03 AM PST by TFine80
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To: dfwgator

For a living? As best as I can tell, she claimed to be an intellectual sponging off the largesse of the artsy fartsy crowd.


13 posted on 12/28/2004 10:10:42 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: tallhappy
Why not? Where does this come from?

I think it's juse a deceny thing. Kind of like when I am a guest in someones home I will try not to point out that the couch is ugly. Of course, I was happy when Uday and the other one were killed, so there is no clear standard.

14 posted on 12/28/2004 10:12:12 AM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: SmithL

Susan Sontag was the keynote speaker at my son's graduation from Vassar College in 2002. I had never been so disgusted by a speech in my life. Fortunately there were many parents who stood and booed her rant and the college president had to interrupt and settle folks down. I hate to say it, but I won't miss her.


16 posted on 12/28/2004 10:13:45 AM PST by jsh3180
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To: SmithL
Good riddance to bad rubbish.

L

17 posted on 12/28/2004 10:13:46 AM PST by Lurker ("I answer to you, 'F*** you-I shall die on my feet.!" Oriana Fallaci.)
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To: SmithL

Does she get 72 virgins for her infamous 9/11 quotes?


18 posted on 12/28/2004 10:14:47 AM PST by Sam's Army (No witty taglines currently come to mind)
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To: SmithL
As Bette Davis remarked about Joan Crawford:

"I've always thought one should speak good of the dead.... Joan Crawford's dead: Good...."

19 posted on 12/28/2004 10:16:17 AM PST by Cogadh na Sith (--Scots Gaelic: 'War or Peace'--)
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To: SmithL

Who?


20 posted on 12/28/2004 10:16:32 AM PST by StoneColdGOP (Name a shrub after me - something prickly and hard to eradicate.)
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