A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

By Jennifer Egan

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Bennie is an getting older former punk rocker and list government. Sasha is the passionate, afflicted younger lady he employs. right here Jennifer Egan brilliantly unearths their pasts, in addition to the internal lives of a bunch of alternative characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With song pulsing on each web page, a trip from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

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7 War is the direct ancestor of environmental art. The distant cannonade can sound like the bass incitement of an outdoor symphony; the distant file of enemy troops brings out the contours of the landscape like Christo's fence. War is Hell; war is beauty; what the two predicates have in common is mother death. Still, speaking both propositions in one breath is a difficult enunciation. Tolstoy only manages to do it —only desires to do it—at the margins of battle: before combat (when the shimmering smoke is not yet Swords to Words: Realism and the Civil War 35 infernal and the heat of battle only warms the exposed flesh to life) and after (when the almost fatally wounded soldier again sees nature as if just born into it).

Thucydides, who traces the war at least on the "Greek" side to the defeat of pirates and thus the accumulation of wealth and thus power by the "dwellers of the sea-coast," so that Agamemnon could intimidate other principalities into fighting his commercial war with him, which is to say that politics and war are more than continuous in Thucydides, they are a single ruthlessness),16 Homer would be free to aestheticize an absolute, not a real, war. Somehow he is not —the explanation is that a war for beauty turns out to be precisely the species that cannot be beautiful, which is the paradox that generates, sustains, and justifies the epic.

War bonds: "the bedrock of the new middle class. In its depth and broad reach it marked the advent of a mature capitalist society and economy" (C W, 255-256). World War II "not only provided people with jobs, it provided savings. Wages went high but there was little on which to spend them. State and local governments finished the war awash with money. The people went out and bought new houses, new clothes, new automobiles" (CW, 439). And "unable to count on importing basic science, the United States became the principal producer of scientific knowledge" (CW, 439-440).

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