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Genres :Nonfiction , Art
Published By : Picador
Published On : Aug 25, 2001
ISBN : 0312280866 (ISBN13: 9780312280864)
format :Paperback
Language :English
No. of pages :312
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    “Today is such a time, when the project of interpretation is largely reactionary, stifling. Like the fumes of the automobile and of heavy industry which befoul the urban atmosphere, the effusion of interpretations of art today poisons our sensibilities. In a culture whose already classical dilemma is the hypertrophy of the intellect at the expense of energy and sensual capability, interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.
    Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world - in order to set up a shadow world of 'meanings.' It is to turn the world into this world. ('This world'! As if there were any other.)
    The world, our world, is depleted, impoverished enough. Away with all duplicates of it, until we again experience more immediately what we have. ”

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  • Sontag’s Wildean provocations reached their apogee in her famous 1964 essay, Notes on Camp, also collected here. The debt to Wilde is manifest on almost every page. Remarkably, Sontag holds her own with verve.

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