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From an August 20, 1978, journal entry by Susan Sontag. As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, the second of three planned volumes of Sontag’s journals edited by her son, David Rieff, will be published April 10 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Sontag died in 2004.
“I, Etcetera,” another short excerpt from As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, will appear in the May 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine.
An Ideal Story Anthology:
More from Susan Sontag:
Estimated percentage of U.S. gasoline consumption that occurs during traffic jams:
In India, 1.8 million female children were estimated to have died between 1985 and 2005 as an indirect result of domestic violence against their mothers; the boys of abused mothers were not at increased risk of death.
Vanilla latte and lemon pound cake continued to be the best-selling items at the Starbucks at CIA headquarters, where baristas do not write customers’ names on their cups.
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”