The Met Gala 2019: It May Not Have Been Camp, But It Was Fashion | The New Yorker
When Susan Sontag began writing the essay that became “Notes on Camp,” in 1964, her goal was to “name a sensibility,” as she later told an interviewer for Salmagundi. The one she chose was “morbidity,” not camp. But after a while she changed tack. “By deciding to write ‘Notes on Camp’ instead of ‘Notes on Death,’ I was choosing to humor the part of my seriousness that was being zapped and loosened up and made more sociable by camp wit rather than to fortify the part of my wit that got regularly choked off by seizures of morbidity,” she said. Instead of death, she chose to write about life; life at its gaudiest and most bursting-at-the-seams, life as vibrant and ridiculous as a hat made out of flamingo feathers.
Sontag described camp as a “private code,” and said that to speak about it is to betray it, that the moment one tries to pin camp down it starts to change and wriggle away…
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