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Susan Sontag’s ‘Reborn’ journals

I just finished reading Reborn: Journals and Notebook 1947-1963, a collection or personal writing by author-critical essayist Susan Sontag. It’s a fun and provocative read considering Sontag was just 17 when she started writing the journals.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Sontag and whose photographer Annie Liebovitz, who was Sontag’s companion for more than 10 years until Sontag’s death in 2004 (and has the tax woes to show for it).

Here is Sontag in a photo dated 1976 with her son David Rieff, who edited the journals.

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She looks unwashed and sexy, like a rock star. Interestingly, a recurring theme in Sontag’s youthful journals is her reminding herself to bathe every day. Like I said: total rock star.

She is missed.

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