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Powers, Pater, Penman: Generosity and Mindfulness

Richard Powers’s book Generosity, An Enhancement might center its narrative around the seemingly unflappable, amicable Thassa Amzwar, but is the book actually ABOUT her? Killian C. Quigley doesn’t seem to think so; using quotes from Walter Pater’s Studies in the History of the Renaissance and Danny Penman, he argues that the fascination with Thassa is […] Continue reading

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Powers, Pater, Penman: Generosity and Mindfulness

“That isn’t mania,” she told him, even as doubt spread across his face.  It was, in fact, something much weirder.  “That’s what we in the mental health business call peak experience.  And you’re saying she’s like that all the time?” (Powers 93)   Early in Richard Powers’s Generosity: An Enhancement (2009), Thassadit Amzwar is rendered […] Continue reading

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