I just finished Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others, as recommended to me (not personally) by John Green.

What is it about?

War. Photography. Suffering. Morality. Images. Humanity.

In general, anyway.

Basically, it’s a fascinating look at how we have documented war and suffering in our art over time, and what that means as viewers of said art, especially when said art becomes more immediate and less artful, e.g. televised war footage.

Two sound bites I liked (one not particularly relevant to the book itself, but whatever):

“All this with the understanding that moral indignation…cannot dictate a course of action.”

“To be sure, nobody who really thinks about history can take politics altogether seriously.”


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