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“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”     Happy birthday to the great Susan Sontag (1933-2004).

Susan Sontag was the author of four novels, including In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction; and seven works of nonfiction.

30 years before the age of the buzzword, Susan Sontag spoke against aphorisms and the commodificaiton of wisdom:   "To write aphorisms is to assume a mask — a mask of scorn, of superiority. Which, in one great tradition, conceals (shapes) the aphorist’s secret pursuit of spiritual salvation. The paradoxes of salvation. We know at the end, when the aphorist’s amoral, light point-of-view self-destructs."

Susan Sontag on Aphorisms and the Commodification of Wisdom

As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, Susan Sontag, David Rieff

Volcano by ~Aprilyus on deviantART

Volcano by ~Aprilyus on deviantART

Popocatepetl Volcano

Popocatepetl Volcano

Licancabur and Juriques volcanoes, Chile, as seen #fromspace aboard the #ISS  Twitpic from Peter Caltner  @PC0101 March 10, 2012

Licancabur and Juriques volcanoes, Chile, as seen aboard the Twitpic from Peter Caltner March 2012

Rooftops Under the Volcano  by Carlos Vargas Lopez  2008

Rooftops Under the Volcano by Carlos Vargas Lopez 2008

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