Author/journalist Jennifer Egan, who won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction forA Visit From the Goon Squad
, writes with equal ease about punk rock, the ravages of time, the oddities of technology and, of course, the complexities of love.Goon Squad
also has a strange focus on lists, and in one section, Egan offers a PowerPoint list of "Great Rock and Roll Pauses" -- perhaps the only use of PowerPoint in a novel. (You can read that list, and learn the songs she didn't include, onEgan's website.
) In advance of Egan's visit to Denver this week for a series of events withLighthouse Writer's Workshop
, we asked for her five all-time favorite pieces of music.
And they are...
See also: Top five Pulitzer-worthy music memoirs
Iggy Pop's "The Passenger" and "Lust for Life"
Patti Smith's "Horses"
Pink Floyd's Animals
Cat Power's "Sun"
Anything by The Who
Jennifer Egan's appearances in Denver this week start with "Inside the Writer's Studio With Jennifer Egan," from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24, at L2 Arts, 1477 Columbine Street; there's a pre-studio dinner and reception at 5 p.m., and the VIP "Keep (the Fun Going) Dessert Reception" with Egan from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street.
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The next day, the Lighthouse Grotto will host "Writer's Studio Craft Talk With Jennifer Egan: A Matter of Character," from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information and tickets, visit www.lighthousewriters.org.