Merve Emre, Sigrid Nunez, and Doreen St. Félix on Susan Sontag Now

“The most interesting ideas are heresies.” So said Susan Sontag, a writer who refused party lines always, and whose work changed how we think about photography and identity, gender and metaphor, performance and play. On Women—a new collection of Sontag’s seminal essays—emphasizes her ferocious intellect and ideological incongruities in equal measure.

To celebrate the book’s release by Picador, Pioneer Works hosted a conversation between three writers—Merve Emre, Sigrid Nunez, and Doreen St. Félix—to examine Sontag’s complex relationship towards womanhood. The three probe the writer’s refractive legacies, revealing her keen resonance in our new era of women watching women.