Re: Susan Sontag

From: Pam Niedermayer ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 12/28/04-07:48:32 PM Z
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Since we are now a provincial society of self-enforced ignorance, we
assume that everyone else in our society is equally ignorant. Therefore,
if someone says something original, we have to assume that it derives
from somewhere else. If it's different enough, it's derided and
attributed to the old country, Europe. God forbid that an American
writer, and a woman yet, originate.


trevor cunningham wrote:

>--- "Jean.Daubas" <> wrote:
>She was probably one of the most "European" american
>writers of the time
>Despite your national origin, and sensitivities that
>naturally lie within, I'm troubled by this comment.
>Lyndon Johnson, and I'm sure others, once remarked
>that so much of American culture, or perhaps I'm
>confusing this with "society", looks to the European
>"standards" for acceptance and legitimacy and that a
>unique American culture may lie victim to such
>circumstances. I do believe such a culture can and
>does exist, but understand the arguments against as it
>is so difficult to pidgeonhole. Painting, dance,
>music, religion, and the like help define a culture
>(at least by western anthropolgical considerations!).
>Given photography knows no international boundary in
>use for expression, I would hate to see it fettered to
>a particular regional methodology of thought. It's
>not like art and expression are wine or bread. I'd be
>very interested to know what you meant by her being
>the "one of the most 'European' writers of the time."
>god that sounds pc...i must now go and cleanse myself
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Received on Tue Dec 28 19:48:50 2004

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