Susan Sontag: Notes on a Childhood


At the age of five, Susan Sontag lost her father. Years after his death she listed all of her childhood memories in one of her notebooks. The memories are written as short, fragmented lines in no chronological order, and are partially reproduced in Reborn: Journals & Notebooks, 1947-1963. The lines are succinct and simple, revealing very little of Sontag's emotional reaction to her father's death, but there is still something so heartbreaking about them :


Mom telling me daddy is dead. In the living room.
Keeping Daddy's ring in a box.
Dreams of Daddy coming back, opening the ap't door.