The Daily Beast discusses how Generation X writers (in this case, Bret Easton Ellis and Jennifer Egan) seem depressed as they enter, or in the midst of, middle age: Imperial Bedrooms is not great, but in its better moments the novel contributes to our culture’s rich seam of aging slacker angst. Correction: aging male slacker angst. Aren’t there any bummed-out women past the age of 35 expressing their feelings? Egan it seems, like so many other artists and writers of […]
The cover of this weeks New York Times Book Review, for Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad, took it’s inspiration from punk rock and hardcore stickers of bands like Earth Crisis, Bad Religion, The Descendants, Regan Youth and Dead Kennedys. It’s awesome.
Woody Allen likes the shitty Woody Allen films. Jennifer Egan interviewed at The Rumpus. Wilson, by Daniel Clowes, is reviewed. Tolstoy and the Mormons. 20 writers to watch. T.S. Eliot and Cats. Secrets of Hitchcock’s Psycho.
MJ: One theme that I really liked reading about in Goon Squad was music. You have a nice bit at the beginning that is kind of a portrait of the punk scene in the ’70s and early ’80s in San Francisco. Were you a San Francisco punk? JE: I was, as I am in all realms of life, just an observer, but I was there. I was not a punk rocker, absolutely not, but I certainly knew quite a lot […]