17: A Visit from the Goon Squad

When scalding oil rains down on a roomful of celebrities, is it hilariously satirical, or is it just hilarious? When a bunch of critics hail a book as an epoch-nailing masterpiece but you think it is “only” a very good novel, does that make you, like, some kind of hipster?

The Sometime Seminar discusses Jennifer Egan’s 2010 novel A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Discussed in the podcast: Pankaj Mishra’s review of the novel in the London Review of Books

Supplemental links: representative reviews of the novel from Will Blythe in the New York Times; Sarah Churchwell in The Observer; Ron Charles in the Washington Post

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