Have you noticed that the reproaches levelled against us, even when justified, are quite contradictory? Some say we’re dirty; others that we’re neurotically clean. […] Some say we’re priggish; others that we are too sensual. […] That’s the genius of the organization: that we are at once so dispersed and so unified, so similar and so disunited. Only this way, probably, could we have survived so many persecutions.

– Susan Sontag, “Old Complaints Revisited,” I, Etcetera (1978)


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