1. One must bear in mind, reading this selection from Susan Sontag's diaries, why they were edited and published in the first place: Sontag sold her diaries, along with all her writings, to the UCLA library, and since there was no clause limiting rights to access or publication of these materials, her son, journalist David Rieff, decided to order and publish the diaries as a form of preemptive strike (feeling/phrasing mine).
2. Three planned volumes are to represent nearly 100 notebooks.
3. The diaries are a surprisingly quick read: very fragmented, in shards even.
4. It's fascinating to see her list her subjects of interest - a good method of focusing/disciplining one's intellectual pursuits.
5. I've just started reading Volume II - I want to see how it compares, and whether it is a useful companion to Illness as Metaphor.