Feminist, writer and critic, 1933 - 2004
I long ago saw a photo of Susan Sontag with another of my favorites,
Elena Poniatowska, conferring together at an early rally against the war
She was also a good friend and collaborator with Robert Wilson.
Here she is with Miranda
Richardson, Lucinda Childs, Christopher Knowles and Bob, below.
She wrote, "There are many great theater directors, but I wouldn't
necessarily be able to decipher their productions after seeing five
minutes. Show me five minutes of a Bob Wilson show, and I'd say, That's
In 1998, she traveled to Chiapas, Mexico, below, to lend moral support
to the Zapatista movement, attracting an enormous amount of attention
and admiration throughout Latin America.
In the September 24, 2001, New Yorker magazine she wrote:
"Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a 'cowardly' attack on 'civilization'
or 'liberty' or 'humanity' or 'the free world' but an attack on the
world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of
specific American alliances and actions? How many citizens are
aware of the ongoing American bombing of Iraq? And if the word 'cowardly'
is to be used, it might be more aptly applied to those who kill from
beyond the range of retaliation, high in the sky, than to those willing
to die themselves in order to kill others. In the matter of
courage (a morally neutral virtue), whatever may be said of the
perpetrators of Tuesday's slaughter, they were not cowards."
Later she wrote, "By all means, let us grieve together, but let us not
be stupid together."
When she died in 2004, the world press lamented the loss of an important
"critical voice of the West," below, from EL PAIS, Madrid, Spain.
NOTICIAS noted that "the United States has lost its critical conscience."
Mexico City's LA JORNADA, as expected, covered its front page with a
And for Oaxaca's daily, ROTATIVO, I was honored to write the obituary
for a woman I had greatly admired for many years, below.
(NOTE: In "Recent Writings" you can read my "Susan
Sontag, An Homage.")
* * *
...NEXT: SOSA, FLAVIO