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The Women in Time’s Most Influential List 2011: Jennifer Egan

on December 21, 2011

Jennifer Egan – I’m not very familiar with her to be honest, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she isn’t influential. Sometimes people can be influential behind the scenes or can still be influential despite people not knowing their name. But was she influential in 2011? Let’s take a look at what she did and then I’ll render my verdict.

  • She’s a fiction writer and a journalist.
  • Her book A Visit from the Goon Squad received a Pulitzer prize.
Is she influential? I think I am going to say yes. As I was investigating her, I ran across some of the journalism articles she wrote, it turns out I’ve read quite a few of them before – I just wasn’t aware it was her. They were really big pieces dealing with some tough issues and I think making a splash (One example would be this article: Wanted: A Few Good Sperm). Certainly, we may not know the name of our journalists, but they are highly influential in the terms that they control what news gets reported and how it gets reported. So I am ruling her influential as well.
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5 responses to “The Women in Time’s Most Influential List 2011: Jennifer Egan

  1. Cassie says:

    I hated Goon Squad, but I’m going to believe you and look at a few of her journal articles before I make a haste decision on her. Thanks for this.

    • Melissa says:

      From what I can tell, her journalism style is really different than her fiction style. She’s given interviews that I was reading and it seems like the writing process is really completely different. I haven’t read Goon Squad yet, but I’m thinking I probably will soon. I liked her journal articles, for what it’s worth.

  2. I saw her give a lecture last year; she is one smart lady.

  3. nagehan says:

    She lectured our class last year prior to winning the Pulitzer. She’s very sweet and smart 🙂

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