Susan Sontag

An erotic life is, for more and more people, that which can be captured on digital photographs and on video. And perhaps the torture is more attractive, as something to record, when it has a sexual component.
Regarding the Torture of Others
Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.
Illness As Metaphor
Reality has come to seem more and more like what we are shown by cameras.
On Photography
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
On Photography
So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
On Photography
In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.
Against Interpretation and Other Essays
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.
Against Interpretation and Other Essays
Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, comformable.
Against Interpretation and Other Essays
The discovery of the good taste of bad taste can be very liberating. The man who insists on high and serious pleasures is depriving himself of pleasure; he continually restricts what he can enjoy; in the constant exercise of his good taste he will eventually price himself out of the market, so to speak.
Against Interpretation and Other Essays