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Celebrated Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Wilde, Plath, and more.

Scott Thorson And Liberace...I am sure my mama went to her grave having no clue as to the true eccentricity of one of her favorite pianists.

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An Institution Committed to the Dulling of the Feelings: Susan Sontag on Marriage

An Institution Committed to the Dulling of the Feelings: Susan Sontag on Marriage | Brain Pickings

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Susan Sontag on Aphorisms and the Commodification of Wisdom

30 years before the age of the buzzword, Susan Sontag spoke against aphorisms and the commodificaiton of wisdom: "To write aphorisms is to assume a mask — a mask of scorn, of superiority. Which, in one great tradition, conceals (shapes) the aphorist’s secret pursuit of spiritual salvation. The paradoxes of salvation. We know at the end, when the aphorist’s amoral, light point-of-view self-destructs."

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Celebrated Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Wilde, Plath, and more.

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Susan Sontag on How the False Divide Between Pop Culture and “High” Culture Limits Us

Susan Sontag on How the False Divide Between Pop Culture and “High” Culture Limits Us | Brain Pickings

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The Daily Routines of Great Writers

"I write in spurts. I write when I have to because the pressure builds up and I feel enough confidence that something has matured in my head and I can write it down..." - Susan Sontag

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Susan Sontag on Sex

“If only I could feel about sex as I do about writing! That I’m the vehicle, the medium, the instrument of some force beyond myself.”

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Letter to Borges: Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens

Letter to Borges: Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens | Brain Pickings by Maria Popova. Simply brilliant.

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