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Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963

By Susan Sontag, David Rieff

"In the magazine i don't simply convey myself extra brazenly than i'll to any one; I create myself."

The first of 3 volumes of Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks, Reborn (1947-1963) finds some of the most vital thinkers and writers of the 20th century, totally engaged within the act of self-invention. starting with a voracious and prodigious fourteen-year-old, Reborn ends as Sontag, age thirty, is eventually residing in big apple as a broadcast writer.

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Franck’s Sonata in an important. (Deborah Greene taking part in piano; [her] husband the violin). The Magic Mountain. … wasting my penknife + praying to discover it. (Verona). Uncle Sonny taking me a long way out within the water. [SS had a mild water phobia that she occasionally attributed to this incident. ] … Daddy displaying me how he folded his handkerchief. (In their bed room. Daddy dressing. ) Telling M[other] i'd particularly now not be Jewish as she was once entering into the bathe. … Rosie saving me wishbones of the 1st poultry + the 1st turkey she cooked. creating a pot-holder for Rosie. … retaining Daddy’s ring in a field. hearing Orson Welles’ Macbeth (Mercury Players). Refusing to sun-bathe bare. … Going to a live performance at Occidental [College, Los Angeles]—the Alma Trio—in the rain. With Peter. donning Mother’s fur jacket. Hitching a trip for a part of the way in which again with a truck motive force. Daddy paying for me a cash-register. … Royce corridor [UC Berkeley]: “The global is a steadily learned group of interpretation. ” Meyerhoff’s path; conversing with a cigarette in his mouth. The day F. Matthiessen died. [Second model] woodland HILLS (9–10) The James Madison Apts. slicing up PM. Our ap’t quantity: D41. P. S. three. The World’s reasonable. P. S. one hundred forty four. Judy Weitzman. “You little shrimp—I suggest eel. ” Her mom, from Boston, fats. stated tomahto. Taking a bus to college. Catching it on 68th St. , in again of the Thomas Jefferson Apts. Dr. Will cook dinner Spain. Infections. interpreting comedian books in his place of work. Feeling unhappy whilst mom offered the auto to a “defense employee. ” Aunt Pauline took me to determine Fantasia (NYC). Friday dinner at Grandma Rosenblatt’s. bird soup + boiled fowl. the old school radio with legs within the front room. (NYC). My booklet on rationing. Telling Alice Rochlin that Tchaikovsky used to be higher than Beethoven. Contracts. Judy slept on a cot. Going to “Jersey” during the Holland Tunnel. Seeing existence with Father with mom. My moment play (age eight). 68-37 Yellowstone Blvd. [Queens, New York]. examining the books of Albert Payson Terhune. Johnnie Waldron. He taught me to take advantage of chopsticks. A chinese language eating place, “Sonny’s” on Queens Blvd. desires of Daddy coming again, establishing the ap’t door. Telling Dr. Taschman i needed to be a physician. Going with mom to the “knitting” position (a Mrs. Greenberg) on 79th road + B’dway. ready open air, feeding the pigeons. The vaporizer. Tincture of benzoine in cotton. listening to Shostakovichs’s 5th Symphony at the radio. pass over Slattery at P. S. three. Christmas tree embellished by means of different and Unk + Mother’s celebration. Passing the tennis courts. Writing an essay “On Time,” headed by means of the drawing of an hourglass. “What is time? …” and so forth. Writing my publication on Russia. Getting the Mercury [Theatre] files of Macbeth. I sat at the bathroom seat making a song whereas Rosie rubbed my hair dry. taking a look at the e-book in woodcuts by way of Lynd Ward (Gods’ guy) + being frightened—esp. by means of the final web page. Being hit at the head with a rock. all of the blood on my white shirt. Judy Weitzman was once with me. operating for CD. purchasing mom [Carl Van Doren’s] the key heritage of the yankee Revolution for a birthday current.

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