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Jennifer Egan on the Influence of Journalism

Jennifer Egan © Pieter M. Van Hatten

Jennifer Egan won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for her wildly imaginative novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. The book is comprised of interlocking stories told in non-linear narratives that stylistically range from tragedy to parody to PowerPoint. An innovative writer who is nonetheless inspired by the limitations of structure, Egan recently tweeted out an 8,500 word story over a ten-day period over the New Yorker magazine’s twitter feed. But Egan is also known as a graceful and thoughtful writer of  hard-hitting nonfiction. Here she talks about the influence journalism has had on her fiction. [3:00]

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