Experiencing a Mother’s Death

by Rachel Baker on December 7, 2007

In Swimming in a Sea of Death (Reviews, Oct. 29), David Rieff recounts his mother, Susan Sontag’s final year of illness and her death from cancer. How did you come to write this memoir of your mother’s death—admitting at the time she was dying that you refused to take notes, wanting to live in the moment only? I owed my mother my whole attention, but I’m enough of a writ… More

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