Review: Sontag’s Reborn


Reborn:Journals and Notebooks 1947-1963

Susan Sontag

The first in the collected journals of Susan Sontag edited by her son.

I’ve long been fascinated by Sontag, the person, even if much of her work hasn’t resonated with me. Her endless curiosity, her almost obsessive need to read more, see more, hear more, is an inspiration to an information omnivore like myself. These journals reflect that endless curiosity. They’re full of short thoughts on books, lists of movies to see, recaps of talks and concerts. There’s also the other side of Sontag on display here, the gossip, the neurotic, the person who, many report, it could be difficult to be around. All in all a fascinating glimpse into one of the last great New York intellectuals.

Recommended for the enthusiast.