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Jag läser till sist ut resten av Susan Sontags utgivna dagbok, Reborn. Här två intressanta citat som man kan fundera på.

I september 1959 skriver Sontag en lista som man förstår handlar om hur hon vill fostra sin son, David.
1. Be consistent.
2. Don’t speak about him to others (i.g. tell funny things) in his presence. (Don’t make him self-conscious.)
3. Don’t praise him for something I wouldn’t always accept as good.
4. Don’t reprimand him harshly for something he’s been allowed to do.
5. Daily routine: eating, homework, bath, teeth, room, story, bed.
6. Don’t allow him to monopolize me when I am with other people.
7. Always speak well of his pop. (No faces, sighs, impatience, etc.)
8. Do not discourage childish fantasies.
9. Make him aware that there is a grown-up world that’s none of his business.
10. Don’t assume that what I don’t like to do (bath, hairwash) he won’t like either.

19 november 1959 skriver hon:
The coming of the orgasm has changed my life. /…/
Before, my sexuality was horizontal, an infinite line capable of being infinitely subdivided. Now it is vertical; it is up and over, or nothing.
The orgasm focuses. I lust to write. The coming of the orgasm is not the salvation but, more, the birth of my ego. I cannot write until I find my ego. The only kind of writer (I) could be is the one who exposes himselt… To write is to spend oneself, to gamble oneself. But up to now I have not even liked the sound of my own name. To write, I must love my name. The writer is in love with himself… and makes his books out of that meeting and that violence.

Noterar att hon skriver om författaren som ”himself” trots att det i det här sammanhanget borde komma naturligare att skriva ”herself”. Om hur rasande intelligent Susan Sontag var, och om hur hon kämpade med och mot sin sexualitet, har jag skrivit en del om tidigare. Ingrid har också läst.
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