Author/journalist Jennifer Egan, who won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for A 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 with Lighthouse 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.
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.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.