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There is another use of ideas to be reckoned with in art: ideas as sensory
stimulants. Antonioni has said of his films that he wants them to dispense with “
the superannuated casuistry of positives and negatives.” The same impulse
Genet's ideas, for instance, are very Camp. Genet's statement that “the only
criterion of an act is its elegance” is virtually interchangeable, as a statement, with
Wilde's “in matters of great importance, the vital element is not sincerity, but style.
Susan Sontag. cism of life—this being understood as the propounding of moral,
social, and political ideas. The new sensibility understands art as the extension of
life—this being understood as the representation of (new) modes of vivacity.
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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