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Or, she comes undone. The essayist occupies the lowest rung on the literary ladder. Such atrophied writing is best handed off to interns to occupy their time. No matter the sophistication, style or intricate construct, a work can easily be deemed worthy or not with no more than a sixth-grade education.
Susan Sontag's first two novels were smashing failures and the last, "In America" was dogged by attribution issues. A lovely lady by the name of Ellen Lee pointed out twelve passages that were or were not lifted from four separate books. If it smells like a fish(y)...
A rarity for me - a nod to Sontag. Her short story, "The Way We Live Now" was and is a watershed moment… Read more