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