Julia Pagnamenta

  • interviews November 07, 2019

    “She said she needed writing as a weapon”

    Was writing Susan Sontag’s biography an exercise in deconstructing the image of “Susan Sontag”?

    I think it became that. I wouldn’t say it started out that way. I didn’t have a set image I wanted to convey of her because I didn’t know enough about her at the beginning to have even that much of a preconceived notion. I’d read a lot of her but definitely not all. Susan’s work is very vast and very extensive, and her world is also vast and extensive. Her political world. Her social world. Her sexual world. There is a lot of it, and it’s hard to have an impression of it even when you do know about