[lit-ideas] Re: Susan Sontag

  • From: Eric Yost <NYCEric@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 01:25:41 -0500

Out of maybe a half-dozen sightings, I only saw Susan Sontag laugh once.

She and her lover Annie Liebovitz were in an audience gathered to 
remember James Merrill, who had recently died of AIDS. Harold Bloom was 
speaking, recounting an academic event in the Midwest where he and 
Merrill were reading to a college audience. Bloom had taken a question 
from a student about  _J_. The student didn't understand how a woman 
could have written some biblical texts that only God could have written. 
Sweating, Bloom danced around the subject until it vanished in tedium. 
James Merrill leaned toward him and said quietly, "It's always this way 
when the Great Plains meets the Great Fancies."

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