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More From the Goon Squad

Fresh off the heels of Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer win, A Visit From the Goon Squad continues to make its presence in the news. First, the New York Times reports that HBO is optioning a TV series based on the novel. After you read that, head on over to Salon where you can watch the author discuss her work with critic Laura Miller. For a little bit more news, and frankly the most interesting, The Millions looks into the kerfluffle Egan caused when she implied that the chicklit genre is "derivative, banal stuff" in the Wall Street Journal. Millions author Deena Drewis does a great job of examining both why the statement hits such a nerve and why the outcry against it does more to work against feminism in publishing than the fact that a female author criticized other female authors in the first place. Whether you're interested in Egan's work or not, Drewis's article is very much worth reading.

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