Taste & The Fake

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Susan Sontag, Notes on “Camp”

“The experiences of Camp are based on the great discovery that the sensibility of high culture has no monopoly upon refinement.  Camp asserts that good taste is not simply good taste; that there exists, indeed a good taste of bad taste.  The discovery of the good taste of bad taste can be very liberating.  The man who insists on high and serious pleasures is depriving himself of pleasure…Here Camp taste supervenes upon good taste as a daring and witty hedonism.  It makes the man of good taste cheerful, where before he ran the risk of being chronically frustrated.  It is good for the digestion.”

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