March 18th, 2014

How to Raise a Child: 10 Rules from Susan Sontag

1. Be consistent.
2. Don’t speak about him to others (e.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.

[via: Brain Pickings]

February 4th, 2014

Some of our favorite Picadors made Flavorwire’s “50 Books by Women Authors to Read for #ReadWomen2014" list:

Twilight of the Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg
Eisenberg is a short-story writer very unlike most other short-story writers. I say this as a compliment. She tells stories of the kind that sound like ordinary bourgeois New Yorker-type stories, but it’s in the mode of execution that she makes her mark on them. A line from a Ben Marcus review of her work often comes to me when I think of describing what her stories are like: “refracted through cracked glass.” This collection, from 2006, is pretty great.

Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Listen, I keep putting this book on lists here because it is really a far more accessible sort of book than the big Cromwell tomes (which I love as well, but still). Mediums, sailor-ghosts, come on!

Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag
This is the only book of criticism I’m putting on this list, and I’m putting it there for the delightful irony it represents in Sontag’s career. Here she is, one of the great interpreters of the ages, and she nonetheless kicks off her career by calling for an end to the practice that will come to define her life.

October 23rd, 2013
Literature can train, and exercise, our ability to weep for those who are not us or ours.
Susan Sontag, At the Same Time
October 16th, 2013

Susan Sontag in a teddy bear suit.

For more photos of famous authors in awesome costumes, click here.

October 8th, 2013
Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.
Susan Sontag, As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh
October 1st, 2013

"Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas." —Susan Sontag

October 1st, 2013

Today, nine Susan Sontag books will be in E-book for the first time, making Sontag’s complete catalog available in E!

September 13th, 2013

"This book is a smorgasbord of erudition and delight. Sontag is always searching for the ethical in oppositions: the body and the mind; being good and being intelligent; the political and the aesthetic; censorship and freedom; religion and atheism."

PopMatters reviews Susan Sontag’s As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh.

August 4th, 2013

"When there is no censorship the writer has no importance. So it’s not so simple to be against censorship."

From As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh:  Journals and Notebooks 1964-1980, by Susan Sontag. Picador, page 441. This quotation is from 1977.

July 30th, 2013


A papercraft diorama celebrating the joy of books. Pictured here, the best books about NYC, nestled amidst a paper sculpture of the Manhattan skyline. 

Susan Sontag’s As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh is one of them! 

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Award-winning fiction and nonfiction from the prow of the Flatiron Building.