The Powers of Celebrity

A fun thread over at I Love Books about coming face-to-face with authors. The most interesting one:

Richard Powers was at the University of Illinois when I was there (he might still be down there, not sure) and he subbed in for a couple of my creative writing classes one year, and came to speak to a film class I was taking that dealt with artificial intelligence- talked about Galatea 2.1, and kept grinning about being a character in his own book. Completely normal, down to earth guy, friendly, etc., but obviously smarter than anyone you’ve ever met. I had to read one of my stories for the creative class at one point, and the thing was just horrible. I couldn’t even read the story out loud for the class, it was so bad; I had a friend read it for me. And Powers was great- very generous, and somehow acknowledged the fact that the story “needed work” without being condescending or making me feel bad about it.

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  1. Man, if I wasn’t already happily married to a sweet and intelligent guy, I would totally be a Richard Powers stalker! Quoting stuff like this does not help me.

    By the way, today someone left a comment over on my blog about what The Echo Maker is supposed to be about. The corroborating evidence I can easily find out there is scanty but not non-existent, and I find the information credible. Click on my name and come on over to check it out.

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