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Richard Powers: It was like a religious conversion. I realised the natural world isnt ours

After writing novels on artificial intelligence, neuroscience and genetics, Powers has turned to trees. While on a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains, he talks about environmentalism and not having children To reach the latest work, The Overstory . As a botanist in his narrative explains, trees and humen share a common ancestor, and a one-quarter of their genes.” For five years I’ve been telling people I’m writing a novel about trees ,” he says, with a smile,” and they’ve said:’ Really ?’” ‘ The book was like a five-year-long…

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Richard Powers: It was like a religious conversion. I realised the natural world isnt ours

After writing fictions on artificial intelligence, neuroscience and genetics, Powers has turned to trees. While on a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains, he talks about environmentalism and not having children To reach the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, you are required pass through the lurid streets of Gatlinburg. Hokey attractions line the itinerary- theme parks, rollercoasters, mini-golf- in a surprise of honkytonk tourism that ends only at the gateway to the national park.” Why would you come to the Smokies and think,’ What I really want is a…

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2018 in books: a literary calendar

Essays from Zadie Smith, Arnhem from Antony Beevor and fictions from Julian Barnes, Sarah Perry, Pat Barker, Rachel Cusk and Bill Clinton. Place your book orderings now January Peter Carey. Photo: Sarah Lee for the Guardian Non-fiction The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers ( Hamish Hamilton ). Eggers tells the story of a fellow San Franciscan and coffee enthusiast Mokhtar Alkhanshali, raised by Yemeni immigrant parents, who travelled to Yemen to learn about the origins of coffee making and is caught up in the civil war. Writer’s Luck: A…

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2018 in books: a literary calendar

Essays from Zadie Smith, Arnhem from Antony Beevor and fictions from Julian Barnes, Sarah Perry, Pat Barker, Rachel Cusk and Bill Clinton. Place your book orders now January Peter Carey. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian Non-fiction The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers ( Hamish Hamilton ). Eggers tells the story of a fellow San Franciscan and coffee enthusiast Mokhtar Alkhanshali, raised during Yemeni immigrant parents, who travelled to Yemen to learn about the origins of coffee making and is caught up in the civil war. Writer’s Luck: A…

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