Summer is the season of fiction, it is said — said here, now, at least. Susan Sontag may be best-known for her remarkable critical essays on. I, etcetera. By Susan Sontag. Download Pdf. Read Online. This article is available in PDF and Microfiche formats only. You are currently viewing this article as a. “Look at all this stuff I’ve got in my head: rockets and Venetian churches, David Bowie and Diderot, nuoc roam and Big Macs, sunglasses and.

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Description In eight stories, this singular collection of short fiction written over the course of ten years explores the terrain of modern etcftera life. Old Complaints Revisited was far too long and unreadable after the first twenty pages.

View all 14 comments. Jun 27, Shelley rated it liked it Shelves: Among other things, it’s an essay on dualism.

Dec 01, Marianna Monaco rated it did not like it Shelves: Don’t know if I will ever finish it though There is an abundance of those startling ironies and wry, quirky jokes that make Susan Sontag so tempting to quote.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The short stories didn’t really work for me.

Not sure what one can say about this first story. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The narrators here have the clipped, stream-of-strange-consciousness sensibilities you find in, say, a Lorrie Moore story, but are more baffling and metaphysical. I want to be intrigued, entertained and moved No pain or horror is avoided, no occasion for despair is ducked.

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Sep 19, heather rated it really liked it. Among other things, it’s Stories 1.

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Susan Sontag is at this point so well known for her controversial political ideas and her works of criticism like Against Interpretation that her fiction goes largely and unfortunately overlooked. I will be reading more of hers, for sure. However, “Debriefing,” a gallery of despair, Manhattan-style, successfully mixes rtcetera immediacy with social essaying. The Best Books of Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

It makes them sound, well, artificial. May 07, Tara rated it really liked it. Apr 22, Maria rated it it was ok Shelves: Review quote These short stories establish Sontag’s originality. I loved that one and re-read it, along with Unguided Tour.

Unique writing and etcetear thought provoking. Preview — I, etcetera by Susan Sontag. What surprised me was how many of the stories sound like castoff Barthelme pieces. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dispatched from the UK in etcetea business days When will my order arrive? Jekyll” also dances its ideas on our heads–about energy, freedom, evil, karma? Mar 14, sevdah added it. Jul 15, Eral rated it liked it.

Please provide an email address. I loved Project for a Trip to China and was excited to see the rest, but none of the other stories really lived up to that first one. Instead, they felt static– what development there was was mostly a development of the reader’s comprehension of what was happening.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I really enjoyed this short piece. I like them, they are really really speaking of something that is quite common nowadays, but the way she wrote it seems way to shallow for Sontag’s big name.

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Looking for beautiful books? Let’s see if I remember that before I try her fiction again. I know I’m supposed to love Susan, and I do In some stories, like the last, about travel, there were flashes of lyricism, which was good. I could not care, unlike the story of Julia, her beautiful dead friend.

The short stories are more like notes, often jotted down without a logical or chronological order, which makes the reading much heavier and less enjoyable. For Sontag who has always been so controlled and who’s praised being serious as a virtue, this collection is really eye-opening. Published March 6th by Picador first published Tough, sometimes even overwhelming stories which ironically show struggles in life, incompatibility, disappoints, doubts, uncertainty and in the end, this all mix of feelings and thoughts closed in hard words are surprisingly motivating.

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Susan Sontag is brilliant and the ideas and notions in this collection of stories are absolutely genius. Jun 26, Vicky rated it liked it Shelves: