Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Farewell, Zealot Of Seriousness

Susan Sontag is dead.

Susan Sontag

Who will take her place?

America's young women have shunned feminism for capital. The bright ones seem to be on television and the stupid ones are voting for Republicans.

Thank you Susan Sontag for your decades of hard work, challenging discourse, and meaningful prose.

According to her official biography, "Ms. Sontag's many honors are the 2003 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the 2003 Prince of Asturias Prize, the 2001 Jerusalem Prize, the National Book Award for In America (2000), and the National Book Critics Circle Award for On Photography (1978). In 1992 she received the Malaparte Prize in Italy, and in 1999 she was named a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government (she had been named an Officier in the same order in 1984). Between 1990 and 1995 she was a MacArthur Fellow."

Your death leaves a void that can never be filled.

Rest in peace.


Dick Mac Recommends:
Regarding the Pain of Others
by Susan Sontag

Tsunami Vicitim Toll now over 65,000

Natural disasters are amazing. There is nothing like an earthquake, hurricane, typhoon, volcano, or tsunami to let us know how powerless we really are as a species. Mother nature always wins.

The number of dead in Southern and Southeastern Asia, and East Africa, is staggering. Has there been a natural disaster of this magnitude in modern times?

Do not rely on the United States government to send aid, because they will want to send money via the World Bank, which means each of those stricken nations will have to sacrifice their fresh-water supply to a private corporation in order to collect the aid. We must hope none of these nations accept that offer, because it will have worse long-term imapct than the disaster itself.

We must send money ourselves.

Donate via UNICEF

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