Jennifer Egan gets an honorary Dude Lit mention for A Visit from the goon Squad.
The Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist of A Visit From the goon Squad explains each pick.
“Badmashi” means a “goon” in the Urdu and Hindi parlance of the subcontinent.
[Laughs] I had auditioned for Biff, and everyone they liked as a runner-up became [his goon squad].
The first thing that struck me about A Visit from the goon Squad is its fluid and sometimes circular sense of time.
The sex maniac, the firebug, or the goon who gets a thrill out of beating people.
Finally I sent a goon squad after him and dragged him to my office.
When I saw you in Liverpool you had your big wig on, and your judge's goon, that's what put me off there, I expect.
It could, perhaps, send Dalgetty a few men but it had no goon squads.
Louis the goon, as he had already christened him in his mind.
1921, "stupid person," from gony "simpleton" (1580s), of unknown origin, but applied by sailors to the albatross and similar big, clumsy birds (1839); sense of "hired thug" first recorded 1938 (in reference to union "beef squads" used to cow strikers in the Pacific northwest), probably from Alice the Goon, slow-witted and muscular (but gentle-natured) character in "Thimble Theater" comic strip (starring Popeye) by E.C. Segar (1894-1938). She also was the inspiration for British comedian Spike Milligan's "The Goon Show." What are now "juvenile delinquents" were in the 1940s sometimes called goonlets.
: goon squad/ his goon tactics
[mid-1930s+; origin uncertain; perhaps entirely fr the name of Alice the Goon, a large hairy creature who appeared in E C Segar's comic strip ''Thimble Theatre'' in 1936, but who had a very gentle disposition; perhaps connected with Frederick Lewis Allen's term for ''a person with a heavy touch,'' that is, a literary or stylistic touch, found by 1921; perhaps fr gooney]