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Susan Sontag

Getting Off the Treadmill

Francis Levy | Posted 07.30.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

What is the point of exercising if you're only going to shrivel up and die? A well-toned body is nice, but it's prone to atrophy. When a cast is removed from a broken leg, the sight of the diminished muscle is unnerving. Injuries or not, at a certain point you're facing a losing battle.

Street Photography Has No Clothes

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Image (c) John Holcroft, Courtesy of John Holcroft Street photography has become such an ambiguous umbrella term in the photography world that it re...

(R)evolution in Berlin: 'Sontag Revisited'

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Perhaps it was inevitable, by design, that Susan Sontag, who found her ultimate identity as a bridge between Europe and America, should inspire not one but two German symposiums on the ten year anniversary of her death.

Regarding Susan Sontag on HBO

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Back in the day, Susan Sontag was the big anxiety of influence. Public intellectual, essayist, activist, provocateur, critic, and novelist, she was th...

NaNoWriMo: Writers, Ban 'Birdman' from Your Brain

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

After seeing Birdman I decided every writer should see this movie. That's especially true if you're desperately hammering away at that novel you're trying to finish for National Novel Writing Month.

The Fame Lunches

Francis Levy | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

There is an obligatory and routine sanctimony to op-ed columns mourning the loss of the celebrity who didn't make it. These antics usually last about...

Femininity in Men Is a Form of Power

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity. Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities.

Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Sienna Craig | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Sienna Craig

Who benefits when governments appeal to UNESCO to endorse a traditional medicine as intangible cultural heritage? Who loses and who gains when the FDA determines what can and cannot be called a "medicine"?

Susan Sontag and the LAUSD Library Crisis

Penka Skachkova | Posted 04.14.2014 | Los Angeles
Penka Skachkova

The basic human right to literacy is less available to thousands of children in Los Angeles, who are growing up without the benefit of a middle school library. Currently, 76 of the 92 middle school libraries in LAUSD are either closed or without professional staff.

Barney's Wall

Francis Levy | Posted 04.13.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Barney Rosset was the founder of Grove Press and Evergreen Review and was a proselytizer for among other things the Theater of the Absurd. He brought...

An Honest Ghost: A Novel by Rick Whitaker

Filip Noterdaeme | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Filip Noterdaeme

Taken out of their original context and ingeniously recycled into a mosaic of quotations, these sentences now tell a compelling new story that, according to the author, bears a close resemblance to his own life.

An Open Letter to the New York Review of Books

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 10.11.2013 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

You can imagine my shock, therefore, when I read down the Table of Contents of the New York Review of Books' most recent issue and thought, "Really?"

A Play For Susan Sontag

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 06.07.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- If you recall your youthful diaries or journals as being on the shallow side, you'll really cringe when comparing them to the ambitious el...

The Audacity of Thought: Film Director Margarethe von Trotta Examines the Life of a Passionate Intellectual in Hannah Arendt

Penelope Andrew | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Thinking and smoking. Smoking and thinking. Thinking, smoking, and pacing the floor of her apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This is how we see the gifted academic and profound socio-political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, prepare to write.

Bruce LaBruce's New Take On Susan Sontag's 1964 Essay 'Notes On "Camp"'

Mark Allen | Posted 07.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

In today's complex, post-everything culture, does the term "camp" still have meaning? Sitting down with me, Bruce LaBruce answered some questions about his essay "Notes on Camp/Anti-Camp" and "camp-categorized" a brand new list of current gay-related people and topics.

Susan Sontag, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Care at the End of Life

Andrew Stark | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Stark

It seems as if witnessing aggressive, life-prolonging care actually makes people more likely to want it for themselves -- even with all its miseries and ultimate failure -- than they would if they hadn't witnessed it. That's a puzzle. What might be going on?

Marriage Equality: How I Changed My Mind

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I long feared the confusion that might arise from marriage grounded solely on affection. How do we know what to honor as "marriage" and how do we distinguish that from "friendship"? I can now see that the boundary line must be the strength of commitment shared by two loving hearts.

The Friend That Taught Me to Be Myself

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How do we use our bodies (and the clothes we put on them) to convey who we are? We need to look within to shine to the world without.

Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow Falsely Cast by Naomi Wolf as Nazi Propagandist Leni Riefenstahl

G. Roger Denson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
G. Roger Denson

It takes a certain audacity to exploit the memory of the holocaust while at the same time disregarding those both lost and surviving 9/11 in the way that Naomi Wolf did in her January 4 Guardian column.

Battle of the Glam Rock Fairies 2012: Jobriath A.D. vs. Adam Lambert

Tomas Mournian | Posted 07.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Tomas Mournian

Caught by the military police, Campbell spent six months in a military psych hospital, suffered a nervous breakdown and began writing the songs that lead to his later reemergence as "Jobriath."

What Jackie Kennedy, Susan Sontag And Angela Davis Learned In Paris

Debra Ollivier | Posted 06.20.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

In the new book Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, author Alice Kaplan explores the lives of three radically different, influential American women who had an enduring bond with France -- and vice-versa.

AfterEllen.com's Best Lesbian Week Ever: March 30 to April 6

Trish Bendix | Posted 06.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Trish Bendix

Each week we'll share some of the best tidbits on The Huffington Post in our new series, "Best Lesbian Week Ever." Here's who and what was on our raging gay radar this week.

Annie Leibovitz's Surprising New Show

Posted 02.03.2012 | Arts

Photographer Annie Leibovitz is known for her captivating photographs of people, mostly celebrities. Her portraits, through spectacle, evoke the essen...

WATCH: 'Under The Radar' Theater Festival Kicks Off Today

Posted 01.04.2012 | Arts

With the rise of productions like 'Legally Blonde' and 'Spiderman,' it is looking more and more like the bright lights of Broadway are being overshado...

Thinking Photography With Diane Arbus and Errol Morris

Michael Roth | Posted 12.09.2011 | Books
Michael Roth

A photograph "partially takes us outside ourselves" and "gives us a glimpse . . . of something real." This is a key part of what Arbus and Morris are both after.