"People may seem to sympathize, really they despise you a little. Weakness is a contagion, strong people rightly shun the weak."
That's a note in a private journal. How would you describe the writer?
1. Someone who is trying very hard "to transcend her limitations, to imagine a different way of existing," who "seems to harbor a secret image of herself as sloppy, idle, and weak."
2. Someone who has decided to exercise power over others.
Obviously, I think #2. #1 is Katie Roiphe, fawning annoyingly over Susan Sontag.