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Susan Sontag

By tehconi | August 11, 2014

Went to see Annie Leibovitz’s photography exhibition at the museum over the weekend.  Not only did I learn about the highly acclaimed photographer, I got to know a literary legend Susan Sontag.

Often I get to know people through associations and referrals.  I read a book which talks about someone, and I check it out.  I have made significant discoveries this way, of people towards whom I feel an affinity.  Even though they are mostly far away, they teach me so much and shed light on questions in my mind.  Indeed, they are kindred souls to me.

“A writer is first of all a reader. It is from reading that I derive the standards by which I measure my own work and according to which I fall lamentably short. It is from reading, even before writing, that I became part of the community – the community of literature – which includes more dead than living writers.” ~ Susan Sontag

I read this on the back cover of a book on Susan Sontag.  It brought a smile to my face =)

Her son described her with “avidity”.  She wanted to know everything and experience everything. She had many interests.  Her curiosity and passion for life did not diminish with the years.

I am very happy to meet Susan Sontag.  I always thought there is something “wrong” with me, why do I have so many interests.  I even suspect that I have ADHD.  Now I know I am not alone… Susan Sontag was so much more, only she called it “Attention Surplus Deficiency” as she had no problem at all paying attention to the world around her =)  

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