Sontag and Kael (Paperback)

Opposites Attract Me

By Craig Seligman

Counterpoint LLC, 9781582433127, 256pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2005

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Hardcover (5/1/2004)

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This is a witty and stylish assessment of the work of two icons of cultural criticism: Susan Sontag and Pauline Kael Though outwardly they had some things in common - they were both Westerners who came east, both schooled in philosophy, both secular Jews and both single mothers - they were polar opposites in temperament and approach. Seligman approaches both women through their widely discussed work. Kael practiced a kind of verbal jazz - exuberant, excessive, intimate, emotional and funny. Sontag is formal and rather icy. From the beginning it's clear where Seligman's sympathies lie: Sontag is a critic he reveres; but Kael is a critic he loves. But for all his reservations about Sontag, he considers both writers magnificent and his exploration of their differences results in this luminously written landmark of criticism.