met Susan Sontag in New York, though we traveled and worked in some of
the same areas, of art, theater and photography. I didn’t consider it
to be urgent to meet her, for me she was always there and would always
be. The grand moral authority of our generation, her voice, deep and
determined, echoed down through the years.
remember much about the war in Viet Nam, the great shame of our
government and the urgency to do everything possible to end it. To our
small anti-war street theater company, under the grey rains of Seattle,
the voice of Susan Sontag sounded with the clarity and commitment of a
the attacks of September, 2001, I heard in my country only a profound
silence. From no sector came words of reason, of intelligence, of
Sontag noted the same. “Where is the acknowledgement that this was not
a 'cowardly' attack, against 'civilization,' against 'freedom,' against
'humanity' or the free world, but an attack against a self-proclaimed
And I am
grateful to have read here in Mexico recent comments from a few of my countrymen, among
them Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the original of the anti-war beats, and Noam
Chomski, star of the old radical universities, contributing to the
public debate with their visions from the left, the people, the poor,
from humanity itself.
vanguard of all has been Susan Sontag. Coming with her affinity
for the Mexican soul,
the Zapatista cause, the movement for peace, she shared with us her
voice, her authority, her beautiful presence.
moved to see a recent reproduction in a Mexican newspaper, of an old
photo of her greeting a youthful Elena Poniatowska, another of my
intellectual friends, taken at an anti-war rally in the sixties, and I
felt again a further bond around our planet.
of this great voice could be sad for us and could leave a void in our
world’s life. Or, Susan Sontag could sound again in our world, a source
of inspiration for all of us, and we could redouble our efforts and
commitments, we could act now and we could raise our voices again … with
- Bill Wolf