By Susan Sontag, David Rieff
This, the second one of 3 volumes of Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks, starts off the place the 1st quantity left off, in the course of the Sixties. It strains and records Sontag's evolution from fledgling player within the inventive and highbrow global of recent York urban to world-renowned critic and dominant strength on the earth of rules with the e-book of the groundbreaking Against Interpretation in 1966.
As attention is Harnessed to Flesh follows Sontag during the turbulent years of the 1960s—from her journey to Hanoi on the height of the Vietnam conflict to her time making motion pictures in Sweden—up to 1981 and the start of the Reagan period. this is often a useful checklist of the internal workings of 1 of the main inquisitive and analytical thinkers of the 20 th century on the peak of her strength. it's also a notable rfile of 1 individual's political and ethical awakening.
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Later we hear that one of the journalists who was setting up metres from us has been shot. He’s alive but badly hurt. The afternoon and evening are punctuated by the distant booms of gunfire and firecrackers as the protestors wind up the soldiers. It’s pretty clear that the unrest is going to get worse. m. I lie down on my office floor. The adrenaline chases sleep away, but so does the heartache. In the three years since I had my first child I’ve barely been away from my family. Now I’m locked in a blacked-out office building waiting for a city to explode.
A highly populist prime minister, his support base is among the poor, who remember him, in part, for his government’s financial support. Soon after we landed in Bangkok, the redshirts’ anger reached fever pitch when a court allowed the seizure of Thaksin’s assets. A state of emergency has been declared and the city is crawling with riot police. Protestors demand that the government step down and call a general election but the conservative administration, backed by the establishment, is resisting.
We pull out all the body armour that’s in the office storeroom and check it, making sure everyone has a flak jacket that fits. Rowan and I start to discuss moving the kids. Pearl’s only eighteen months old and largely unaware of what’s going on, but Arkie’s becoming anxious. He’s a volatile kid and there’s no hiding things. Helicopters fly low over our house and loud booms of mostly fireworks and the occasional grenade rattle the city. Arkie tells me that the redshirts are bad people and I try to explain that no matter what political views you have, it’s okay to protest to make your voice heard, as long as you don’t use violence.