SUSAN SONTAG: Stand Aside, Sisyphus

Make way for SUSAN SONTAG, a novelist addicted to essay writing, a highbrow who can take pleasure in pop culture (but not TV) and a critic of left, right and center all at once.

The strangest pitch that anyone threw this summer in Bull Durham was a curve ball that Kevin Costner delivered to Susan Sarandon. In the midst of a romantic face-off, he announced that "the novels of Susan Sontag are self- indulgent, overrated crap." Sarandon was so surprised -- Who was talking literature? -- that it took a few scenes before she hit the pitch back: "I think Susan Sontag is brilliant!" So there. Alerted by friends to this great debate, the flesh-and-blood Sontag left Bull Durham off her must-see list. She well remembered watching a French-Canadian film, The Decline of the American...

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