A Visit From the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan's spellbinding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

Author: Jennifer Egan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1849017409

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Jennifer Egan's spellbinding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa. We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist's couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend. We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life-divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed up band in the basement of a suburban house-and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, revelling in San Francisco's punk scene as he discovers his ardour for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent. We learn what became of his high school gang-who thrived and who faltered-and we encounter Lou Kline, Bennie's catastrophically careless mentor, along with the lovers and children left behind in the wake of Lou's far flung sexual conquests and meteoric rise and fall. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to Powerpoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both-and escape the merciless progress of time-in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.

A Visit from the Goon Squad Reread

In rereading the book, Ivan Kreilkamp takes Egan up on her comparison, showing how it blends a concern with the status of the novel in the twenty-first century with an elegiac meditation on how we experience the passage of time.

Author: Ivan Kreilkamp

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231547013

Category: Literary Criticism


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Jennifer Egan described her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad as a combination of Proust and The Sopranos. In rereading the book, Ivan Kreilkamp takes Egan up on her comparison, showing how it blends a concern with the status of the novel in the twenty-first century with an elegiac meditation on how we experience the passage of time. Kreilkamp, a former music critic, examines how Egan’s characters turn to rock and especially punk in search of community and meaning. He considers what the novel’s portrayal of music says about the role of art in contemporary culture as digitization makes older technologies obsolete. Combining personal and critical reflection, he reveals how A Visit from the Goon Squad articulates and responds to the sense of loss many feel as cherished physical objects are replaced with immaterial data. For Kreilkamp, Egan’s novel compellingly combines the psychological realism of the nineteenth-century novel with more recent and transient forms such as the celebrity magazine profile or a PowerPoint presentation to provide a self-reflective diagnosis of the decay and endurance of literature. Arranged like Egan’s novel into A and B sides, this book highlights not only how A Visit from the Goon Squad speaks to our mass-media and digital present but also its page-turning pleasure.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Book Analysis

Genre: novel Reference edition: Egan, J. (2010) A Visit from the Goon Squad.
New York: Random House, Inc. 1st edition: 2010 Themes: time, age, music, voice
, marriage, parenthood, change A Visit from the Goon Squad is a work
somewhere ...

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2808019424

Category: Study Aids

Page: 48

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Unlock the more straightforward side of A Visit from the Goon Squad with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, which centres around Bennie Salazar, a frustrated middle-aged record executive, and his assistant Sasha, a kleptomaniac with a troubled past. Their stories are interwoven with those of a host of other characters who are all given the opportunity to narrate events from their point of view, making the work as a whole a vivid, polyphonic hybrid novel-short story collection. A Visit from the Goon Squad is among Jennifer Egan’s best-known works, and won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Find out everything you need to know about A Visit from the Goon Squad in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Cosmopolitanism Multinarrative and Modernity in A Visit from the Goon Squad and White Teeth

At its origin, cosmopolitanism focused almost exclusively on white, upper middle-class lives, essentially ignoring the more diverse demographics that made up the cities in which these novels were set (see Schoene, Mizruchi).

Author: Nathaniel T. Lemen



Category: Cosmopolitanism in literature

Page: 66

View: 284

"Cosmopolitanism as a literary genre has experienced multiple stages and transformations; the answer to the question of how people form communities is constantly changing, and the scope of the "cosmopolitan novel" has expanded to match cultural trends. At its origin, cosmopolitanism focused almost exclusively on white, upper middle-class lives, essentially ignoring the more diverse demographics that made up the cities in which these novels were set (see Schoene, Mizruchi). More recently, novelists have worked to be more inclusive of the vast array of voices which make up the world around us. The novels A Visit from the Goon Squad (by Jennifer Egan) and White Teeth (by Zadie Smith) are contemporary examples of the most recent shift in what the cosmopolitan genre can offer. My thesis proposes that through the setting, multi-perspective structure and writing style, and intentional focus on the lives of people often ignored in the cosmopolitan genre (for example, poorer people, people of color, immigrants, and people from different generations), these two novels push a model of cosmopolitanism that is not only more accepting and honest in the lives it depicts but which also subvert the genre to make a broader push for human acceptance and similarities. Through the use of the cosmopolitan and multi-cultural lenses of literary criticism (amongst others, though those are the most prominent), I apply an in-depth literary analysis to the two texts and examine how they are similar and different, and how they exemplify the most progressive examples of the cosmopolitan novel yet"--Provided by author.

Pure Language

In dealing with these themes, this paper encourages consideration of the novel's portrayal of punk aesthetics as they influence the way the characters perceive their own identities, their sense of belonging within a community, and their ...

Author: Kimberly Plaksin



Category: Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature


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This thesis examines Jennifer Egan's novel A Visit from the Goon Squad through its themes of identity, communication, and the search for authenticity, focusing especially on its treatment of punk aesthetics and technological communication. In dealing with these themes, this paper encourages consideration of the novel's portrayal of punk aesthetics as they influence the way the characters perceive their own identities, their sense of belonging within a community, and their views on personal and artistic integrity. Of note are the characters Bennie Salazar and Scotty Hausmann, whose experiences in the punk scene of 1970s San Francisco inform how they recognize and perform legitimacy as adults, as well as how they perceive community as advanced, technological modes of communication become more prevalent with time's passing. While either character centers himself around his idea of authenticity, their differing interpretations of punk ideology cause them to develop contrasting views on the maintenance of that authenticity. Despite these contrasting attitudes, these two characters share a desire for a meaningful connection to those around them, and a sense of belonging within a community, both of which are challenged by advancing technology. Depicting New York City in the 2020s, the novel's closing chapter suggests that the character Alex, who is representative of a newer generation, feels isolated by this technology due to its ubiquity, while struggling with his own perception of ethical purity as technology allows for the commodification of personalities and interests. This paper argues that Bennie and Scotty, through their punk-informed ethics of authenticity that are challenged by advancing technology, influence characters such as Alex toward a sense of connectedness that overrides their preoccupation with individual validity.

Literature Against Criticism

205. 31 Ibid., p. 163. 32 Egan, The Keep, p. 156. 33 Ibid. 34 Willa Cather, My
Ántonia (New York: Dover, 1994), p. 3. 35 Egan, The Keep, p. 33. 36 Ibid., p. 28.
37 Ibid., p. 209. 38 Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (London: Corsair

Author: Martin Paul Eve

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 1783742763

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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This is a book about the power game currently being played out between two symbiotic cultural institutions: the university and the novel. As the number of hyper-knowledgeable literary fans grows, students and researchers in English departments waver between dismissing and harnessing voices outside the academy. Meanwhile, the role that the university plays in contemporary literary fiction is becoming increasingly complex and metafictional, moving far beyond the ‘campus novel’ of the mid-twentieth century. Martin Paul Eve’s engaging and far-reaching study explores the novel's contribution to the ongoing displacement of cultural authority away from university English. Spanning the works of Jennifer Egan, Ishmael Reed, Tom McCarthy, Sarah Waters, Percival Everett, Roberto Bolaño and many others, Literature Against Criticism forces us to re-think our previous notions about the relationship between those who write literary fiction and those who critique it.

Write in Tune Contemporary Music in Fiction

A Visit from the Goon Squad can be situated as a text that interrogates not only
music, authenticity, and nostalgia, but also how the intersection of these tropes
can be read through the lens of gender. Egan's punk-structured text emphasizes

Author: Erich Hertz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623561450

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 121

Contemporary popular music provides the soundtrack for a host of recent novels, but little critical attention has been paid to the intersection of these important art forms. Write in Tune addresses this gap by offering the first full-length study of the relationship between recent music and fiction. With essays from an array of international scholars, the collection focuses on how writers weave rock, punk, and jazz into their narratives, both to develop characters and themes and to investigate various fan and celebrity cultures surrounding contemporary music. Write in Tune covers major writers from America and England, including Don DeLillo, Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith, and Jim Crace. But it also explores how popular music culture is reflected in postcolonial, Latino, and Australian fiction. Ultimately, the book brings critical awareness to the power of music in shaping contemporary culture, and offers new perspectives on central issues of gender, race, and national identity.

Jennifer Egan Sampler

EMERALD CITY Eleven masterful stories, seamless evocations of self-discovery. THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS This spellbinding novel introduces Egan's remarkable ability to tie suspense with deeply insightful characters and the nuances of emotion.

Author: Jennifer Egan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780338058

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

View: 222

A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD A brilliantly entertaining novel about memory, time, art and how humans connect at every level. LOOK AT ME The stunningly well praised second novel raises tantalizing questions about identity and reality in contemporary Western culture. EMERALD CITY Eleven masterful stories, seamless evocations of self-discovery. THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS This spellbinding novel introduces Egan's remarkable ability to tie suspense with deeply insightful characters and the nuances of emotion.

Contemporary Fiction A Very Short Introduction

Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) features technological
devices and is about how we use recent technology. (Technology is a fascination
of hers: in the summer of 2012, she wrote a rather gripping story solely on Twitter,

Author: Robert Eaglestone

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191665150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

View: 104

Contemporary fiction is a wide and diverse field, now global in dimension, with an enormous range of novels and writers that continues to grow at a fantastic speed. In this Very Short Introduction, Robert Eaglestone provides a clear and engaging exploration of the major themes, patterns, and debates of contemporary fiction. From genre, form, and experimentalism to the legacies of modernism and postmodernism, the relationship between globalization and terrorism, and the impact of technology, Eaglestone examines how works both reflect the world in which we live and the artistic concerns of writers and readers alike. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Book Club Cookbook Revised Edition

Visit. from. the. Goon. Squad. Jennifer. Egan ......... KNOPF, 2010 (available in
paperback from Anchor, 2011). ANOVELOF. interconnected stories, A Visit from
the Goon Squad explores how time works to destroy some lives and redeem

Author: Judy Gelman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101560568

Category: Cooking

Page: 512

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“Part cookbook, part celebration of the written word, [The Book Club Cookbook] illustrates how books and ideas can bring people together.” —Publishers Weekly "We are what we eat, they say. We can eat what we read, too. The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (Tarcher/Penguin, $21.95), first published in 2004 and now newly updated and revised, offers up dozens of new recipes inspired by book clubs’ favorite books, their characters and authors." —USA Today "It's pretty much a no-brainer why we love something like The Book Club Cookbook - it combines two of our all-time favorite things: food and books. Even better - the recipes in the book let us get a fuller experience of our favorite novels by thinking up recipes either inspired by the story or literally contributed by the author as essential to the book." —Flavorwire "The Book Club Cookbook excels at offering book groups new title ideas and a culinary way to spice up their discussions." —Library Journal Whether it's Roman Punch for The Age of Innocence, or Sabzi Challow (spinach and rice) with Lamb for The Kite Runner, or Swedish Meatballs and Glögg for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, nothing spices up a book club meeting like great eats. Featuring recipes and discussion ideas from bestselling authors and book clubs across the country, this fully revised and updated edition of the classic book guides readers in selecting and preparing culinary masterpieces that blend perfectly with the literary masterpieces their club is reading. This edition features new contributions from a host of today's bestselling authors including: Kathryn Stockett, The Help (Demetrie's Chocolate Pie and Caramel Cake) Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants (Oyster Brie Soup) Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper (Brian Fitzgerald's Firehouse Marinara Sauce) Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone (Almaz's Ethiopian Doro Wot and Sister Mary Joseph Praise's Cari de Dal) Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Annie Barrows's Potato Peel Pie and Non-Occupied Potato Peel Pie) Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See's Deep-Fried Sugared Taro) The Book Club Cookbook will add real flavor to your book club meetings!

The Reading Group Insider

... Jennifer Egan portrays the interlacing lives of men and women whose desires
and ambitions. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan The Astral by Kate
Christensen. New and Favorite Fiction A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer ...

Author: The eBook Insider

Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books

ISBN: 0307949923

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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The Reading Group Insider is a valuable resource for everything you need to know about reading groups. If you are looking for ideas to enhance your current group's experiences, interested in joining a reading group, or starting one of your own, the suggestions within The Reading Group Insider will get you started on the right path. This is the place to find excerpts to browse for help with choosing good discussion titles; Q&As with the authors of some tried and true reading group picks; recipes to complement what you're reading; tips on how to start or join a reading group of your own; travel and field trip ideas to spice up your meetings; and much more. Suggested discussion questions are provided for different genres and types of books, including book-to-film adaptations and memoirs. Over 50 suggestions of reading group titles from both favorite and emerging authors are presented within as well, all with extra content or reading group guides included so that the resources you need are right at your fingertips. Once you've consulted The Reading Group Insider, you'll be eager to start reading, meeting and discussing! (A Publication of The eBook Insider Series)

Black Box

I wondered whether Imight do something analogous with a character from my
novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad: create a cartoon version of that person, for
example – or, in this case, a spy thriller version. I wrote the story by hand in a ...

Author: Jennifer Egan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472102819

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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'Close your eyes and slowly count backward from ten.' America, the near future. A young spy on a mission logs her observations. The result is an intense thriller, and a minute dissection of the experience of a woman whose beauty is also her camouflage, for whom control relies on submission: a woman whose success - whose life - depends on being seen and not seen. Originally published online via Twitter by @NYerFiction, Jennifer Egan's first new fiction since the phenomenal success of A Visit From the Goon Squad is a taut, compulsive work of unrelenting genius.

A Thousand Pardons

... PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST THE PRIVILEGEs "That rare thing: a genuine
literary thriller, with a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective longing for
authenticity." -Jennier Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the
Goon Squad ...

Author: Jonathan Dee

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0679645004

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS For readers of Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, Jonathan Dee’s novels are masterful works of literary fiction. In this sharply observed tale of self-invention and public scandal, Dee raises a trenchant question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? Once a privileged and loving couple, the Armsteads have now reached a breaking point. Ben, a partner in a prestigious law firm, has become unpredictable at work and withdrawn at home—a change that weighs heavily on his wife, Helen, and their preteen daughter, Sara. Then, in one afternoon, Ben’s recklessness takes an alarming turn, and everything the Armsteads have built together unravels, swiftly and spectacularly. Thrust back into the working world, Helen finds a job in public relations and relocates with Sara from their home in upstate New York to an apartment in Manhattan. There, Helen discovers she has a rare gift, indispensable in the world of image control: She can convince arrogant men to admit their mistakes, spinning crises into second chances. Yet redemption is more easily granted in her professional life than in her personal one. As she is confronted with the biggest case of her career, the fallout from her marriage, and Sara’s increasingly distant behavior, Helen must face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Praise for A Thousand Pardons “A Thousand Pardons is that rare thing: a genuine literary thriller. Eerily suspenseful and packed with dramatic event, it also offers a trenchant, hilarious portrait of our collective longing for authenticity in these overmediated times.”—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad “Hugely enjoyable . . . Dee is a snappy, cinematic writer. . . . A Thousand Pardons moves fast. It’s a mere 200 or so pages, and it packs a lot of turns of fate within there.”—The Boston Globe “Dee’s gifts are often dazzling and his material meticulously shaped. . . . [He] articulates complex emotional dynamics with precision and insight.”—The New York Times Book Review “Some stories begin with a bang. And some begin with a roaring fireball of truth. Jonathan Dee’s latest novel belongs in the latter camp.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “Dee bounds gracefully among Helen’s, Ben’s, and Sara’s points of view as they try to reassemble their lives. Their stories feel honest, and the prose is beautiful.”—Entertainment Weekly “A page turner . . . What a triumph.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Graceful prose and such a sharp understanding of human weakness that you’ll wince as you laugh.”—People “Propulsively readable.”—The Millions “Dee continues to establish himself as an ironic observer of contemporary behavior. . . . The plot is energetic. . . . But most compelling is the acuteness of the details.”—The Atlantic

The Totally Sweet 90s

And Jennifer Egan referenced it in her 2011 Pulitzer Prize—winning book A Visit
from the Goon Squad. But few realized it wasn't just a literal ode to the end of the
night. According to Semisonic's Dan Wilson, who wrote the song, it was also a ...

Author: Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101623993

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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If you can tell the difference between the Petes in Pete & Pete, know every step to the Macarena by heart, and remember when The Real World was about more than just drunken hookups, The Totally Sweet ’90s will be a welcome trip down memory lane. With this hella cool guide, you’ll reminisce about that glorious decade when Beanie Babies seemed like a smart economic investment and Kris Kross had you wearing your pants backward. Whether you contracted dysentery on the Oregon Trail or longed to attend Janet Reno’s Dance Party, you’ll get a kick out of seeing which toys, treats, and trends stayed around, and which flopped. So throw your ponytail into a scrunchie, take a swig from your can of Surge, and join us on this ride through the unforgettable (and sometimes unforgivable) trends of the ’90s.

The Conscience and Self Conscious Emotions in Adolescence

In A Visit from the Goon Squad, author Jennifer Egan plays wonderfully with
shame«s consequences. 1 Sasha, a student, asks Bob, a classmate who she
hardly knows, to help her. Her parents have hired a private detective to find out if
she ...

Author: Frans Schalkwijk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317637747

Category: Psychology

Page: 278

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The consequences of apparent moral failings in an individual are something that can be seen frequently in the media and in everyday life. One issue that is rarely addressed in public discussion about someone’s ‘lack of conscience’ is any thought as to how the conscience actually functions. In The Conscience and Self-Conscious Emotions in Adolescence, Frans Schalkwijk presents a new definition of the conscience as a psychic function in which self-conscious emotions and empathy are dominant. Schalkwijk combines current scientific research into empathy, shame and guilt as well as his rich clinical experience to create a wealth of information for clinicians working with children and adolescents. This book is a superb guide for operationalizing the diagnostics of the conscience, presenting a developmental approach to the theory and diagnostics of the conscience and integrating psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioural, social, psychological and neurobiological theories. Research has shown that human behaviours are often enacted well below our potential cognitive level. In this book, a balance is found between affective and cognitive aspects of the conscience. Accessibly written and incorporating case studies and detailed notation throughout, this is a highly practical work ideal for psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychologists, students and professionals working with children, adolescents and adults.

The Year s Best Science Fiction Thirty First Annual Collection

A Visit From the Goon Squad. Theydidn't seem likethe kindsofreading an
AirForce jock would choose. You wereaHemingway and Heinlein kindof guy.
WasI trying to impress you? Idon't know why. I wasalready plenty impressed.
Maybe you ...

Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466865296

Category: Fiction

Page: 752

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In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world in the year's best short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

A Reader s Book of Days True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year

BORN: 1900 Taylor Caldwell (Captains and the Kings), Manchester, England
1962 Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad, Look at Me), Chicago DIED:
1962 Isak Dinesen (Winter's Tales), 77, Rungsted, Denmark 1990 A.J. P. Taylor (
The ...

Author: Tom Nissley

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393241491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 698

A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie. A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky. Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.

How To Watch Television

When Iennifer Egan discusses her inspirations for A Visit from the Goon Squad,
the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, she often cites The Sopranos (
HBO, 1999—2007). Egan's book has nothing to do with mobsters or federal

Author: Ethan Thompson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814771726

Category: Psychology

Page: 432

View: 478

Examines social and cultural phenomena through the lens of different television shows We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context. How to Watch Television brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on television culture, writing about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a particular television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. The essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast and cable, providing a broad representation of the programs that are likely to be covered in a media studies course. While the book primarily focuses on American television, important programs with international origins and transnational circulation are also covered. Addressing television series from the medium’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of television, How to Watch Television is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds.

Dead Kennedys

(from Jennifer Egan's A Visit From The Goon Squad, featuring a chapter on the
Fab Mab, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize) iafra was by now, clothed or
otherwise, already the consummate front-man. "I come from a theatre background

Author: Alex Ogg

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604869879

Category: Music

Page: 224

View: 732

Despite releasing records only on independent labels and receiving virtually no radio play, Dead Kennedys routinely top both critic and fan polls as the greatest punk band of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their sound was inventive and tetchy, and front man Jello Biafra's lyrics were incisive and often scathing. This chronicle—the first in-depth book written about Dead Kennedys—uses dozens of firsthand interviews, photos, and original artwork to offer a new perspective on a group that was mired in controversy almost from its inception. It examines and applauds the band's key role in transforming punk rhetoric, both polemical and musical, into something genuinely threatening and enormously funny. Author Alex Ogg puts the local and global trajectory of punk into context and, while not flinching from the wildly differing takes the individual band members have on the evolution of the band, attempts to be celebratory—if not uncritical.

The Novel Cure

... Grace MARGARET ATWOOD Persuasion JANE AUSTEN A Visit from the Goon
Squad JENNIFEREGAN A Room with a View E. M. FORSTER To the.

Author: Ella Berthoud

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101638753

Category: Literary Criticism

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"Delightful... elegant prose and discussions that span the history of 2,000 years of literature."—Publisher's Weekly A novel is a story transmitted from the novelist to the reader. It offers distraction, entertainment, and an opportunity to unwind or focus. But it can also be something more powerful—a way to learn about how to live. Read at the right moment in your life, a novel can—quite literally—change it. The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote happiness, health, and sanity, written by brilliant minds who knew what it meant to be human and wrote their life lessons into their fiction. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment, be it agoraphobia, boredom, or a midlife crisis, and are given a novel to read as the antidote. Bibliotherapy does not discriminate between pains of the body and pains of the head (or heart). Aware that you’ve been cowardly? Pick up To Kill a Mockingbird for an injection of courage. Experiencing a sudden, acute fear of death? Read One Hundred Years of Solitude for some perspective on the larger cycle of life. Nervous about throwing a dinner party? Ali Smith’s There but for The will convince you that yours could never go that wrong. Whatever your condition, the prescription is simple: a novel (or two), to be read at regular intervals and in nice long chunks until you finish. Some treatments will lead to a complete cure. Others will offer solace, showing that you’re not the first to experience these emotions. The Novel Cure is also peppered with useful lists and sidebars recommending the best novels to read when you’re stuck in traffic or can’t fall asleep, the most important novels to read during every decade of life, and many more. Brilliant in concept and deeply satisfying in execution, The Novel Cure belongs on everyone’s bookshelf and in every medicine cabinet. It will make even the most well-read fiction aficionado pick up a novel he’s never heard of, and see familiar ones with new eyes. Mostly, it will reaffirm literature’s ability to distract and transport, to resonate and reassure, to change the way we see the world and our place in it. "This appealing and helpful read is guaranteed to double the length of a to-read list and become a go-to reference for those unsure of their reading identities or who are overwhelmed by the sheer number of books in the world."—Library Journal