POST 132: Susan Sontag, art, just paint, rejoice, just be, Maine, South Carolina, poetry

by Carol Bass

Susan Sontag Essay from Writer’s almanac today

Susan Sontag essay

“Against Interpretation” (1964), in which she argues that people should stop trying to analyze and interpret art and just enjoy the experience on a spiritual and sensual level. She wrote:

“Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world — in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.”