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Q.207

Jennifer Egan's book "A Visit From the Goon Squad" has won the recently declared 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book is a set of stories about Bennie Salazar, a music executive and once-rocker and characters connected to him, such as his friends and family.

A very interesting aspect to the book is the presence of a chapter (about a girl's diary) set in a particular form, which has probably never been used in a mainstream literary novel. Some critics think of it as a gimmick, while others have lauded the idea. Egan says she first thought of it from how the 2008 Obama campaign benefited from one such document to spur a turnaround in their fortunes.

What form is this chapter in?

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