Monday, January 03, 2005

No Fond Farewell Here

The mainstream media has been saddened, and apparently expected mainstream America to be also, by the death of writer/cultural critic Susan Sontag. They have seemingly written volumes memorializing her. Words like "intellectual" and "thinker" flow from the writers' mouths. This story from the AP gushed over the woman. They wait until the ninth paragraph to mention that, during the Vietnam War, she declared "the white race is the cancer of human history." In the days after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, she criticized U.S. foreign policy and offered backhanded praise for the hijackers, calling them courageous. She praised the governments of Cuba and North Korea. All that is lost in the swooning in the media over her passing.

The best comment I've heard about the woman came from the movie "Bull Durham". Kevin Costner's character, Crash Davis, says, "the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent overrated crap."