A most obscure reference

A most obscure reference

There on pages 52 and 53 of Sunday's (Dec. 4) New York Times Magazine is a photograph of what presumably is the computer monitor of the late writer Susan Sontag. (It's never actually identified as such but that's the impression the reader is left with).

A Post-It note is stuck to the lower right side of the monitor. On the note are the phone numbers (home and office) and the e-mail address of former University of Illinois Urbana campus Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

There is no reference to Cantor in the accompanying story (written by Sontag's son, David Rieff, about his mother's struggles against various illnesses and diseases).

It's my guess that the photograph of the monitor, taken in a room gloriously full of books, was taken around the time that Sontag came to the Urbana campus to speak. That was on April 5, 2003.

Sontag died on Dec. 28, 2004.

This may be the most obscure item in popular culture that I have ever written about.

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