On Sontag

I’ve only read her first two novels, The Benefactor and Death Kit, and didn’t enjoy either of them. Too wooden, in contrast with her essay writing which sparkled with wit and erudition. Notes on Camp and Fascinating Fascism both had a big influence on me, spinning off other discoveries such as Max Beerbohm’s forgotten gem Zuleika Dobson and a new perspective on the Nuba as an extension of Leni Riefenstahl’s glorification of the body beautiful as fascist art. On Photography was a must-read, together with Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida.

Uh-oh. Coffee time. A sacred gathering in Dutch society …