Written in the 70s — Sontag: When suffering

Sontag: “When suffering and pleasure are experienced vicariously, people can afford to be intense.” [Porno]
Excessive susceptibility to the visual; is this the most “intellectual” of the senses?
Ortega: “La dirección en que el ver va diferenciándose del palpar consiste en estas dos notas: el alejamiento progresivo del objeto que hiere el sentido y el irse convirtiendo ese objeto en puro color… En rigor, las cosas que hay detrás de los colores no le interesan.”
The need for visual stimulus denotes inhibitedness or deficient sensuality (defective sexuality).
The imagination: porno = fairytale. Healthy realization of fantasies.
Datum: It’s more fun to watch than to do the acts portrayed.
Datum: It’s hard to envisage exotic sex with persons one knows fairly well (and likes?).

(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)


Written in the 70s, 70s-8. (Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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