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On September 9 at No Moore, a bar in lower Manhattan, Dissent staffer Jo-Ann Mort told LBO editor Doug Henwood that this article is "disgusting," and a terrible breach of a confidential meeting. We're happy to share it with a wider audience on the web.
The first weekend of May was quite a killer for the Sontag-Rieff family. On Sunday, the New York Times Magazine published Susan Sontag's strongly asserted but weakly argued pro-bombing screed, "Why Kosovo Is Not That Complicated." The writer who once diagnosed the white race as the cancer of history had evolved into thinking that it was OK to worry more about Europeans than Africans; the writer who'd once condemned the U.S. war on Vietnam (though her famous essay on the topic is mostly about her feelings) had discovered the wondrous humanitarianism in B-52s.
Just the day before -- May Day -- Sontag's son, Balkan warrior David Rieff, was the guest of honor at an editorial meeting of the nominally socialist magazine Dissent. LBO was the lucky recipient of an email from a guest at that meetin