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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity

Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
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The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
The Echo Maker

Shelly Lowenkopf, January 1, 2010

You'd have to look pretty far back, perhaps Tolstoy or Dostoyevski, for a comparable and engaging portrait of the human psyche, the way we see ourself (and possible selves) and the Self of others. Powers has us wandering round in the edifice of Self, as uncomfortable as though we were looking for a room we knew existed but couldn't find. In this one novel, he is alternately frightening and as humorous as if can get after one has been frightened.
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