Sure, I get why millions of people follow college basketball, but I don’t understand why more people don’t follow March Madness: The Morning News Tournament of Books. Sixteen books going head-to-head in critical review over a three week period for a prize called The Rooster.
I was genuinely excited when I woke up to see who won between my favorite novel of 2011, Jennifer Egan’s brilliant A Visit from the Goon Squad and another of my top-5 novels of the year, Jonathan Franzen’s ubiquitous Freedom. And Visit from the Goon Squad wins! Granted, one of those votes was from one of the central principals in the “Franzenfreude” movement, but still.
The most inspired chapter in Visit from the Goon Squad is made up entirely of Power Point slides, and is available (with audio enhancements!) here.