A Visit from the Goon Squad
By Jennifer Egan
288 pages; Knopf
"Nostalgia was the end," proclaims '90s record producer Bennie Salazar in A Visit from the Goon Squad
, Jennifer Egan's wildly ambitious novel about the music business, media technology, and culture. By the 21st century, Bennie is the nostalgic one, bemoaning "digitization,
which sucked the life out of everything that got smeared through its microscopic mesh. Film, photography, music: dead. An aesthetic holocaust!
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