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*This event will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza's main stage located at 209 Joralemon Street.

Second Read is BPL’s series of live-criticism examining the work of contemporary and canonical classics. Susan Sontag, the author of seminal nonfictional works on photography, camp, illness and pain, as well as novels including the bestselling The Volcano Lover, died fifteen years ago this coming December. With Benjamin Moser’s new biography of Susan Sontag landing this month, our panelists--Benjamin Moser (Sontag: Her Life and Work), Meghan O’Rourke (The Long Goodbye), Siddhartha Deb (The Beautiful & the Damned), and Jennifer Szalai of The New York Times–reconsider the lasting contributions Sontag has made and what they tell us in 2019.

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