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As if during the experience one really had to choose between responsible and
humane conduct, on the one hand, and the pleasurable stimulation of
consciousness, on the other! Of course, we never have a purely aesthetic
response to works ...
It is a substitute for life. But art does not excite; or, if it does, the excitation is
appeased, within the terms of the aesthetic experience. All great art induces
contemplation, a dynamic contemplation. However much the reader or listener or
Then, so far as the work is successful and still has the power to communicate with
us, we experience only the individuality and contingency of the style. It is the
same with our own lives. If we see them from the outside, as the influence and ...
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review