Maybe if they had called her a “friend of Mary Cheney” he would have gotten over it…
Andrew Sullivan, whom I have avoided for quite some time, is getting all huffy because reports on the death of Susan Sontag didn’t scream “Lesbian! Lesbian! Lesbian!”:
Privacy? From a woman who detailed every aspect of her own illnesses? From someone whose best work is redolent with homosexual themes? But, of course, Sontag understood that her lesbianism might limit her appeal in a homophobic culture – even on the extreme left, where she comfortably lived for decades. That was her prerogative.
I was particularly taken with Sullivan’s comment about Sontag’s fear of limiting her “appeal in a homophobic culture – even on the extreme left, where she comfortably lived for decades.”. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has an interview with Sontag where she discussed this supposed fear which seems fairly implausible considering the content of her work. I doubt Sontag was afraid of being passed over for a guest spot on The Reba McIntyre Show because she was batting from both sides of the plate.
As far as Sullivan’s claim of “extreme left” homophobia, I think this may be based on Sullivan’s own interaction with the extreme left. Perhaps they weren’t clear enough for him. They don’t dislike him because he’s gay. They dislike him because he’s…Andrew Sullivan.