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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 ...
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 ...
Only “fragments” are possible. . . . Clearly, different standards apply here than to
traditional high culture. Something is good not because it is achieved, but
because another kind of truth about the human situation, another experience of
what it ...
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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