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A little. The other day I linked to Andrew Sullivan’s post about Susan Sontag’s rumored relationship with Annie Leibowitz. Kathryn chastised me in polite terms about how Sontag’s private life should remain private. Given that Sontag made the private parts of her life that were professionally or “artistically” useful and her lifelong contempt for traditional America and its values my first instinct was that her private life should be fair game, particularly in an obituary. Indeed, it’s because she’s dead that I’m still inclined to think her sexuality is fair game. After all, no historian will ignore the topic (especially given the interests of today’s historians). But I’m becoming more sympathetic to Kathryn’s point and if all these write-ups were taking place while she was alive I would probably agree entirely.


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