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Notes On Sontag

Here’s a column from 2001 by the late Richard Grenier on Susan Sontag. He offers a few of her quotations that you probably won’t find in Sontag’s NYT obituary:

On John McCain’s torturers: “The North Vietnamese genuinely care about the welfare of hundreds of captured American pilots and give them bigger rations than the Vietnamese population gets.”

On Castro’s Cuba: “The Cubans know a lot about spontaneity, gaiety, sensuality, and freaking out. … The increase of energy comes because they have found a new focus for it: community.”

On red-state America, circa 1969: “To us, it is self-evident that the Readers Digest and Lawrence Welk and Hilton Hotels are organically connected with the Special Forces’ napalming villages in Guatemala.”

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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