As a property of the work of art itself, silence can exist only in a cooked or non-literal sense.
As long as audiences, by definition, consist of sentient beings in a “situation,” it is impossible for them to have no response at all.
[…] There is no neutral surface, no neutral discourse, no neutral theme, no neutral form.
Ideally, one should be able to pay attention to everything.
Many years later, Sontag would advise aspiring writers to learn to “pay attention to the world” as the most important skill of storytelling.