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He could just as well have quoted another Sontag formulation--"Transparence means experiencing the luminousness of the thing in itself"--because his familiar, if not unjust, premise is that we've lost this transparence, along with the ability to see, hear, and feel enough.
Because they are not conscious of day and night--there is to them no darkness and no light--they see all in the same luminousness day & night.
We see this most clearly through the characterization of Percy Grimm, a "prophetlike" (453) character, like "a young priest" (464), whose "face had that serene, unearthly luminousness of angels in church windows" (462).
He'll be remembered as one of the great writers of the mid- to late twentieth century, due to the power and imagination of his work, the luminousness of the prose.
McCullers is played by Jenny Bacon, a talented actress whose natural luminousness and fierce commitment to the role can't save her from the pitfalls of the writing.
from which Clement Greenberg speculated that the artist derived his manner: "For the sake of luminousness Manet was willing to accept this flatness.