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