Jennifer Egan

Journalist and Novelist

Jennifer Egan appears in the following:

Bonus Track: Death, Be Not Now

Friday, June 20, 2014

Andrew Bird, Tift Merritt, Hari Kondabolu, and Jennifer Egan join Kurt Andersen in this radio play about confronting the fear of death — and getting on with the business of living.


The Double Life of Jennifer Egan

Friday, June 20, 2014

In a recent story, Jennifer Egan imagined a rookie spy — a woman dropped into a compromising situation with recording devices embedded in her body, but no idea what was going on.


Jennifer Egan, One Tweet At A Time

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Over the course of its short life, Twitter has been many things to many people… from not-so-personal diary to celebrity sounding board; from advertising platform to political tool for the collective masses. And now, Twitter can add one more title to its list of uses: Literary device for Pulitzer Prize winners. Beginning last Thursday night, the New Yorker began publishing Jennifer Egan’s new short story “Black Box,” one tweet at a time.

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Video: Jennifer Egan

Monday, July 18, 2011

Novelist Jennifer Egan, whose 2001 book Look at Me was the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's July selection, talks about her favorite writers, favorite words, her writing rituals, and why her copy of Look at Me is so beaten up!

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Questions for Jennifer Egan

Friday, July 15, 2011

Find out author Jennifer Egan's favorite authors, recent favorite books, and what her least favorite words are.


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The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club: Jennifer Egan's Look at Me

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jennifer Egan joins us to talk about her novel, Look at Me, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s July selection. Look at Me, published in 2001, was a National Book Award finalist, and it explores the American obsession with image and self-invention. A fashion model named Charlotte Swenson suffers injuries in a car accident that leave her face so badly shattered that it takes 80 titanium screws to reassemble it. She is still beautiful but is oddly unrecognizable. Egan intertwines Charlotte’s narrative with the stories of other casualties of our infatuation with image—a teenaged girl starting a dangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic stranger preparing a staggering blow against American society.

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July's Book: Look at Me, by Jennifer Egan

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s July pick is Jennifer Egan’s novel Look at Me. Read it and tune in to the Lopate Show on July 14 to hear Jennifer Egan discuss the book with Leonard. You can participate by submitting your questions!

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Among the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners are writers Jennifer Eagan, Eric Foner, Ron Chernow, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, who were all guests on the Leonard Lopate Show last year. You can listen to their conversations with Leonard below.

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Jennifer Egan on A Visit from The Goon Squad

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jennifer Egan's novel, A Visit from The Goon Squad, follows a group of music industry types — sleazeball executives, aging rock stars, kleptomanical assistants — jumping forward, backward and sideways in time. Innovative (one chapter, narrated by a child, is written entirely as a PowerPoint presentation) and poignant, ...

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A Visit from Jennifer Egan

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Musical pauses, mysterious PowerPoint slides, and an aging record producer are at the core of a novel called A Visit From the Goon Squad. Today: author Jennifer Egan talks about her time-bending book. Plus: We take a look at essential rock fiction. And: alto saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green share their new album, Apex.

Jennifer Egan: Exploring Music and Time

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jennifer Egan is an award winning journalist and writer whose latest novel, A Visit From The Goon Squad, is full of music and musicians. It’s not rock fiction, per se, but its pages hum with song. She joins us to talk about weaving music into a narrative -- and what she’s learned about the history of pauses in rock songs.

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Jennifer Egan

Friday, September 17, 2010

Jennifer Egan's new novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, is a time-shifting collection of tales that weaves around the music industry. Egan explains why PowerPoint was the natural choice for a chapter about a 12-year old, and tells Kurt how her 9-year old son helped ...

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Jennifer Egan's New (Kinda, Sort of) Novel, 'A Visit From the Goon Squad'

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

If you’ve read any of Jennifer Egan’s previous work, you know that her writing style is rarely predictable. In her new book, “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” she takes that unpredictability to a whole new level.

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Goon Squad

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jennifer Egan talks about her latest novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad . It touches on how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, and lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and chronicles how and why we change, even as the song stays the same.