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Virtual Event – Benjamin Moser
March 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us for a special Sunday afternoon virtual event with Benjamin Moser, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning biography, Sontag: Her Life and Work at 2:00 pm CT on Sunday March 21.
“A landmark biography, the first major reintroduction of an incomparable literary heavyweight to the public since her death.”– The New York Times
No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture.
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and Facebook Live. To register in advance for the event on Zoom visit: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bbwWcN0wT_GpVp-e5mfIMA.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the event on Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm CT.
Sontag is currently available at Magic City Books, you can purchase a copy in store or online here: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/sontag/428.
- WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
- Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award
- Finalist for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
- Named one of the Best Books of the Year by: O Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Seattle Times
The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face
No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture. She was there when the Cuban Revolution began, and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel, in besieged Sarajevo. She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money–and when many gave in. No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous lovers. Sontag tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based. It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face: the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality, that animated–and undermined–her writing. And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way, and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own.
Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo–and featuring nearly one hundred images–Sontag is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait–a great American novel in the form of a biography.
Benjamin Moser was born in Houston. He is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. For his work bringing Clarice Lispector to international prominence, he received Brazil’s first State Prize for Cultural Diplomacy. He has published translations from French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. A former books columnist for Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times Book Review, he has also written for The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, and The New York Review of Books.