We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
How would Sontag react, I wonder, to either of the following rewording of what she wrote? They seem no less true to me than what she wrote about photography. (I must confess that I own more than a dozen cameras, from point and shoots to DSLRs, including a few for underwater photography.)
To paint pictures of people is to violate them...to make objects of them
To write intimately about people is to violate them...to make objects of them