February 27, 2009

REBORN AGAIN

My essay on Susan Sontag's journals, motherhood and ambition for American Prospect. Pardon that I don't start getting where I am going until about the fourth graph; this one was a hard one to write in part because Reborn was such a conflicting read, which I get to towards the end. I read it three times, the first I thought she charming, heroic and a little boring, second time I had a mollified empathy, by the third, I found myself agreeing largely with David Reiffs introduction, which initially, I did not. He is right--to paraphrase him--her judgement in turn invites judgement, you see her do these things and think--but wait! that woman doesn't love you. My reactions to it were polarized. I find myself thinking about it a lot still.

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