.something of a recluse.☮
"Beauty (should you choose to use the word that way) is deep, not superficial; hidden, sometimes, rather than obvious; consoling, not troubling; indestructible, as in art, rather than ephemeral, as in nature. Beauty, the stipulatively uplifting kind, perdures."
Susan Sontag,’An Argument about Beauty’, “At the Same Time (Essays and Speeches) ”
"To have access to literature, world literature, was to escape the prison of national vanity, of philistinism, of compulsory provincialism, of inane schooling, of imperfect destinies and bad luck."
"A writer is first of all a reader. It is from reading that I derive the standards by which I measure my own work and according to which I fall lamentably short. It is from reading, even before writing, that I became part of a community of literature - which includes more dead than living writers."
Susan Sontag, “At The Same Time.”
"I discovered that I am tired of being a person. Not just tired of being the person I was, but any person at all."
""Silence" never ceases to imply its opposite and to depend on its presence: just as there can’t be "up" without "down" or "left" without "right," so one must acknowledge a surrounding environment of sound or language in order to recognize silence. Not only does silence exist in a world full of speech and other sounds, but any given silence has its identity as a stretch of time being perforated by sound.
A genuine emptiness, a pure silence is not feasible-either conceptually or in fact. Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech (in many instances, of complaint or indictment) and an element in a dialogue."
Susan Sontag, "The Aesthetics of Silence", Styles of Radical Will.