Beyond the BookDid you know?
- Richard Powers wrote most of The Echo Maker on a tablet PC using voice recognition software. He says, "Ive always wanted the freedom to be completely disembodied when Im writing, to feel as if Im in a pure compositional state. Typing is a highly unnatural activity, and your writing style ends up reflecting the cognitive shackles."
- According to an article in the Guardian (UK), before he was married Powers spent a year not speaking to anyone - at the end of which he'd written a 400-page novel but, as he puts it, had become "a bit weird".
- For many years, he was uncomfortable giving interviews, and did not speak to the press until his third novel was published; his photograph...