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December 29, 2004

Iraq in Pictures

Fenster Moop writes:

Dear Blowhards,

Here is a series of powerful images from the Iraq war. It's from the New York Times's 2004 Year in Pictures.

And here is Stefan Beck's short and, to my mind, on-target assessment of the message the images convey and the priorities embedded in the choice of these particular images.

The latter from The New Criterion's weblog, which this morning also contains Roger Kimball's response to the death of Susan Sontag.



posted by Fenster at December 29, 2004


I was surprised that Kimball spent so much time on Sontag.

Her political conclusions always struck me as banal, just one more boringly predictable cant-filled left-winger (as opposed to a boringly predictable cant-filled right-winger, who I also detest.)

And I could never really get what she was all about in terms of the culture stuff.

Posted by: David Sucher on December 29, 2004 12:56 PM

David S.,
I thought her contribution was "The Look". Or rather, "The Lock", as in "The Grey Lock". That shock of grey/white always made for a stunning photo op.
Or was there something else memorable that she left behind? Perhaps as a bit in the "Crash" Davis monologue in "Bull Durham". He didn't like her either....

Posted by: DarkoV on December 29, 2004 8:52 PM

Yeah, "the Look." I was always unimpressed by the ideas too. I remember that she was touring for a year back in the '70s, making the (really, really startling) argument that "Triumph of the Will" was a Nazi movie. I suppose her "Notes on Camp" bit was OK, though it always seemed to me you could pick up everything you might want to know about camp by hanging out with a campy gay guy for about a half hour.

So I wound up figuring that she served a High Culture function: she embodied (in a very theatrical, and I guess theatrically effective, way) some people's fantasies of what an Intellectual Woman should be: difficult, tragic, austere, etc. That gray streak in the dark dark hair didn't seem to hurt the image. Mistrust me on this because I'm just remembering rumors that may have been groundless. But there were those who said that Sontag was really the creation of the publisher Roger Strauss (of FSG), who not only published her but forged her image.

Wasn't Jacqueline Bisset's character in "Rich and Famous" said by a few people to have been based on Sontag?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on December 30, 2004 12:18 PM

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