What roles do events from history play in the writings that you have read by Richard Powers?
In the Powers novels that you have read, do you find much affirmation in the role that humans play in the universe?
Powers writes about a world that has become increasingly mechanized and stereotyped. Comment briefly on how human beings in his novels cope with this situation.
Powers is a great believer in the role that communication and articulation have in determining human beings’ position in the universal scheme of things. Comment on how he deals consciously with questions of communication and articulation in his novels.
Powers is a cellist and knowledgeable about music. What role do music and other arts play in the novels that you have read by him?
With what major social issues does Powers’s writing seem to be most concerned?
Cite some specific instances in which Powers introduces current events and popular culture into his writing. What artistic aim does he achieve by including such references?