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Sontag, Susan (Subject/Author); Danto, Arthur C.; Koestenbaum, Wayne & Other Contributors. THE ARTFORUM MAGAZINE ISSUE: REFLECTIONS ON SUSAN SONTAG 1933-2004. New York City, NY: Artforum, 2005. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 265 pages. Fine.

Rare Susan Sontag collectible item. A fine copy of the Artforum Magazine March 2005 Issue, which features the author in a side photograph on the cover. Published to commemorate and evaluate Sontag's life and work through obituary-essays by the great American philosopher Arthur C. Danto, culture critic and poet Wayne Koestenbaum, and other major contributors. Koestenbaum's and Danto's essays are marked with grief partly because they both knew her personally, and as such, are the best pieces of the lot. Indeed, Danto's assessment of what Sontag meant to Western culture is one of the best things ever written about her: "As often happens with a death, we realize what our true feelings are. I knew from the intensity of my grief that she was irreplaceable as only someone we love is irreplaceable. She created a place for herself, and her uniqueness was such that the place died with her" (Arthur C. Danto). Artforum is an art, not a literary, magazine. Its remembrance of Sontag is a unique gesture, and testimony to the fact that Sontag's influence extended to the visual and performing arts, particularly film, contemporary art, and photography, in a way that no other American writer of our time ever did. Only a tiny handful of living American authors get the same kind of exposure nowadays not because they are less accomplished or charismatic than Sontag, but because the very idea of Art (an end in itself) no longer has the life-and-death significance that Technology does (a means to an end that is now widely regarded as an end in itself). A "must-have" item for Susan Sontag completists. This Magazine Issue is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977 for "On Photography", the National Book Award in 2000 for "In America", and the Jerusalem Prize in 2001. Shimon Peres, in awarding the Jerusalem Prize, described Sontag as "one of the world's finest writers and greatest minds". One of the most influential and important American writer-intellectuals of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $60.00

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