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Finally finished! Final Thoughts on Richard Powers’ Orfeo (by Jill)

It feels like I’ve been reading Orfeo for a year, but it’s only been three weeks. It just seems like longer because Bethany and I rebooted our post-a-day challenge in April, so three days a week I have to come up with something to say that’s fit to be published on the internet, and my slow progress through this book has made it more than slightly difficult to make that happen. 1,131 more words

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Pulitzer Prediction

The Pulitzer Prizes will be announced on Monday so I thought I would give my prediction this evening. Of course, the category that I am interested in is Fiction. 662 more words


The neverending saga of Orfeo, by Richard Powers (who hates me, I’m pretty sure) (by Jill)

Here is a brief rundown of what I accomplished on my weekend:

  1. Hike with parents
  2. Spent some time with my friend Letti and her daughter, catching up with things like Marvel movies, the antics of our respective animal herds (she has three dogs and four cats; I have one dog and six cats), and a mini-marathon of…
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Richard Powers' Galatea 2.2

Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2 (©1995, Harper Perennial 1996)

The narrator of Galatea 2.2 is a 35 year old ‘humanist in residence’ at a massive, cutting-edge scientific research centre somewhere in the USA. 770 more words


Progress at last! Update on Richard Powers’ Orfeo (by Jill)

I emailed Bethany on Friday morning and said that I was going to make Orfeo my bitch—I sat down at 8:30 in the morning with a cup of coffee, with no TV or laptop readily available, and I tried to ignore my phone as best as I could. 749 more words

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Early thoughts on Richard Powers' Orfeo (by Jill

I started Richard Powers’ Orfeo on Thursday after I finished The Children Act. Orfeo was an Indiespensible book back in early 2014, and I’ve been looking forward to reading it, though I knew it would not be particularly easy going. 414 more words

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The Hysterical Realism Reading List

First Wave:

Vladimir Nabokov—Lolita (1955), Pale Fire (1962), Speak, Memory (1936-66), Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (1969)

Thomas Pynchon—V. (1963) , Crying of Lot 49… 1,921 more words

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