The 10 Biggest References to the Hudson Valley, NY, in Pop Culture, Music, and Movies in 2011

Poptional Reading delivers the biggest references to our region in 2011



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9. A Visit from the Goon Squad’s Pulitzer Win

Okay, so A Visit from the Goon Squad came out in 2010 (read my review of it here), so it really should’ve been on last year's list. But 2011 was the year it won the Pulitzer Prize — and deservedly so. The novel is a series of semi-related stories about people involved in the music biz, including Bennie, a character who lives in the fictional Valley town of Crandale. Too many other authors believe that the music industry (the musicians, the fans, the live gigs, etc.) lives and dies in the city, so I was grateful that author Jennifer Egan acknowledged that yes, people in the ’burbs are musically aware, too. But even without the local love, the book is pretty terrific and completely deserved to win.

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Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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