Powers’s Greek translator talks about the challenges and rewards of turning Orfeo into Greek, in a post called “The Gem,” in Lexilogia, November 30, 2015.
Orfeo made the the longlist for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award, “International Dublin Literary Award longlist announced,” The Irish Times, November 9, 2015. “The prize could, finally, witness the long over due emergence of Richard Powers nominated here for a dazzling puzzle, Orfeo.”
“Classical Connections: Fiction for Music Lovers,” by Liam Cagney, Sinfini Music, November 5, 2015. “Walking the line between highbrow and thriller … it’s hard to deny that Orfeo’s an appealing read for musicophiles.”
“15 Campus Novels to Spice Up Fall,” The Reading Room, November 2, 2015.
Ann Keniston examines Richard Powers’s novel The Echo Maker and Jess Walters’s The Zero in her article “Traumatic Brain Injury in Post-9/11 Fiction,” Post45, October 24, 2015.
Galatea 2.0 made the list of “10 Fabulous Campus Novels to Cozy Up With This Fall,” by Maddie Crum, Huffington Post, September 24, 2015. “Powers’s novel is as fascinating as its premise: a professor with writer’s block teams up with a computer scientist in an attempt to build a computer that can write a, Read More
The Time of Our Singing appears in “Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #1: For White Folks Who Think They Aren’t Racist,” The Rumpus, September 15, 2015.
“How Treating Robots Like Children Is Changing A.I.,” by Jacob Brogan, Slate, September 4, 2015. This article highlights the work of University of California–Berkeley’s artificial intelligence researcher Pieter Abbeel. In his lab, robots are educated like children. Galatea 2.2 is cited as an early example of this concept. “Powers’ novel may clarify the scope, Read More
“11 Musical Novels that Hit All the Right Notes,” a list including Orfeo by Emma Volk, Off the Shelf, September 1, 2015. “This creative and cerebral novel reaches a soaring crescendo when the musical fugitive dreams up a plan to turn his collision with the security state into a transformative work of art.”
“10 Books to Keep When You Sell Everything and Build a Tiny House,” by Heidi Fiedler, B&N Reads, July 14, 2015. “A book about the place where science and music intersect. I dare you not to talk about language, genetics, and honest-to-goodness themes after you read it! A must-have for the tiny house that has, Read More
“Summer reading: popular science and ‘lab lit’: An idiosyncratic selection of science-themed books for the summer,” Nature, June 30, 2105. The Nature Methods editorial office recommends Orfeo and Generosity: An Enhancement among their books to enjoy this summer.
A musical reaction to Powers’s Plowing the Dark, by Swoon (aka Marc Neys), as part of his this Belgian artist’s series “Music for Books,” (2015).