Happy Birthday, Richard Powers, born 18 June 1957
- I’ve always believed a book functions best when it leaves a person more capable of living in the world.
- What I really like to learn how to do is to build sentences that are equal to mental states.
- Evil is the refusal to see one’s self in others.
- Novel-writing is the only place where someone who would have liked to do anything can still do that vicariously.
- The thing that makes reading and writing suspect in the eyes of the market economy is that it’s not corrupted.
- Time passes, as the novelist says. The single most useful trick of fiction for our repair and refreshment: the defeat of time. A century of family saga and a ride up an escalator can take the same number of pages. Fiction sets any conversion rate, then changes it in a syllable. The narrator’s mother carries her child up the stairs and the reader follows, for days. But World War I passes in a paragraph.
- I don’t mind arguing with myself. It’s when I lose that it bothers me.
- Reading is the last act of secular prayer.
- The appeal of writing is the illusion that you can somehow bring about the completion and perfection of those things that will always elude you in real time.
- Everything interests me.
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