“Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.”
The recently released volume of Susan Sontag’s diaries, As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 (public library), is a treasure trove of insight – on writing, oncensorship, on aphorisms – from the deepest corners of one of the greatest minds in modern history. But besides her extraordinary intellect, what made Sontag a force of nature was also her complex and ever-evolving emotional perception, brimming with extreme self-awareness and keen reflection on her relationships with others.
I sieved Sontag’s journals for her most poignant, most private meditations on love – candid, vulnerable, hopeful, hopeless – and asked artist extraordinaire Wendy MacNaughton (♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥) to hand-letter and illustrate them exclusively for Brain Pickings. Enjoy.
My journals are pretty interesting but I don’t draw…. 🙂 Lara/Trace
- Susan Sontag’s diaries reveal her private pain (thejc.com)