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The moralist

Philip Rieff, who died this month at 83, was best known as the ex-husband of Susan Sontag. In her writing, at least, she never got over him.

Philip Rieff (left) and Susan Sontag in 1966.
By Scott McLemee
July 16, 2006

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``FOR THE MODERN post-religious man," Susan Sontag wrote in a 1961 essay, ``the religious museum, like the world of the modern spectator of art, is without walls; he can pick and choose as he likes, and be committed to nothing except his own reverent spectatorship." (Full article: 1390 words)

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