Video: Four Reasons to Reread A Visit from the Goon Squad


A brilliant investigation … Ivan Kreilkamp is a music critic as well as a literary scholar, versed in both Middlemarch and Minor Threat, so he brings revelatory insight into Egan’s punk-inspired story of time lost and time regained.

—Rob Sheffield, author of Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World

In today’s MLA featured video, Ivan Kreilkamp offers four reasons to reread Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad: it’s a great rock ’n’ roll novel; it reimagines the novelistic form; it grapples with the twenty-first-century digital experience; and it celebrates the transformative powers of art. In discussing these points, Kreilkamp explains why he reread the book, why you should read (or reread) it, and why you should read his A Visit from the Goon Squad Reread, from the Rereadings series.

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