Camp is a tender feeling.

“56. Camp taste is a kind of love, love for human nature. It relishes, rather than judges, the little triumphs and awkward intensities of “character.” . . . Camp taste identifies with what it is enjoying. People who share this sensibility are not laughing at the thing they label as “a camp,” they’re enjoying it. Camp is a tender feeling.” — Susan Sontag, ‘Notes on Camp’

Today is Susan Sontag’s birthday.

Most people have seen this name all over Facebook or Pinterest following cutesy quotes like these:

“Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.”

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Susan Sontag is much more than a fleeting cliche. Read more.