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Galatea 2.2
Galatea 2.2: A Novel | Richard Powers
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The protagonist, a Humanist-in-Residence at the center for Advanced Scientific Research, gets involved with a project to train a machine to pass a comprehensive exam in English literature--and with the degree candidate against whom the machine is competing. Reprint.
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Leftcoastzen
Galatea 2.2: A Novel | Richard Powers
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A fiction with autobiographical elements,Richard finds himself a humanist in residence at his old university.He also has a big case of writers block.He is drawn into a project run by cognitive neurologist to teach a computer the great books.Powers reflects on his failed relationship w/ a former student,while the “AI” experiment grows more complex as “Helen” wants to know its race ,sex, & reason for existing .A peek into the writing/academic life.

Suet624 Wow! Nice work writing up that review. 😀 2y
Liz_M I loved the concept of this book, but some of the philosophizing was over my head. 😁 2y
Leftcoastzen @Liz_M Yes, I feel the same way too, but some of the sentences he writes speak profoundly to me. 2y
Billypar Glad you liked it! I didn't read much background about how much of his own life he worked in, besides the surface similarities. It's interesting to think about the purpose of the relationship with C.- whether he's using the full complexity of a couple breaking up as a contrast to Helen's apparent emotions, or is up to something else. 2y
Leftcoastzen @Billypar I agree , complex with many ways to think about it .Some of the sentences he writes are like a fresh breeze followed by a cookie and a hug. 2y
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Leftcoastzen
Galatea 2.2: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Story of my life . Some of the same books , some different. That sort of paragraph from Richard Powers makes me think he‘s on to something. 😀

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Leftcoastzen
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#HopIntoSpring #numbers A @Billypar review made me want to read Galatea 2.2 . 920 O‘Farrell Street speaks of Levy‘s childhood growing up in San Francisco,she eventually went to Cal Berkeley , became a drama critic, went to Paris with neighbor Alice B. Toklas ,ran around with the French artists crowd .By no stretch of the imagination am I a biker ,but this ency. of outlaw motorcycle clubs is fascinating.Full color (no pun intended)throughout.

arubabookwoman Love #Richard Powers, and #Galatea 2.2 is good. I have his latest, #The Overstory out from the library to read soonish. 2y
Leftcoastzen @arubabookwoman Wow, your library got that fast. One on my favorite books ever . 2y
arubabookwoman #leftcoastzen That‘s the only one by him that I haven‘t read, but I have it on my TBR shelf. 2y
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Billypar @Leftcoastzen When you read it I'd like to get your take on the ending- it's one of those where I can't decide if I loved it or hated it. But the rest of it I definitely loved. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☺️☺️☺️ 2y
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Billypar
Galatea 2.2: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Powers chose an excellent Emily Dickinson poem as the epigraph for the tagged book about professors who attempt to build an AI (using computer science from the 1990s 😉). The technology might be dated but the themes are as relevant as ever. This novel (and the show Black Mirror) might turn #freeyourmind into a protest chant on behalf of AI rights 🤖
Congrats to @batsy @Cinfhen on a superb month of hosting #FierceFeb - it was great fun! 😺👌🎶

batsy That poem 💙 And of course, now I have to read this book. Thanks so much for joining in this month, loved seeing your books! 2y
batsy I've seen this in a used bookstore and was wondering if I should get it. Have you read it? 2y
Billypar @batsy I haven't read Orfeo yet, but I've heard good things. My next Powers will either be that one or Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance based on @Leftcoastzen 's recommendation. The Echo Maker is probably my personal favorite. 2y
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batsy Wonderful, thanks! 😊 *scribbles it all down on a list* 2y
Leftcoastzen I‘m always rooting for 3 farmers ,sounds like I need to add this one to the stack. 2y
Liz_M The Echo Makers is wonderful! This book went a little over my head but I loved the ideas. Orfeo is next on my list -- I want to read a while bunch of stories based on the myth. 2y
Billypar @Liz_M That's a cool idea- I'm not great at coordinating what I read around themes, but it would be interesting to look at a mythological story like Orpheus from a lot of different angles. 2y
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Galatea 2.2: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Found the loveliest little bookshop in Bella Roma and can proudly say of myself I left with only one addition to the shelf

PurpleyPumpkin Which bookstore? I'll be visiting Rome soon & would love to know!😉 3y
TheLondonBookworm Amazing! That looks like a gorgeous shop 😍 3y
Heideschrampf @PurpleyPumpkin Via della Lungaretta, which has lots of cafés and trattorias and feeling, too, with slightly (slightly) less tourists! 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Excellent, thanks for letting me know! I will check it out. 👌🏽 3y
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