“You go into that bookstore hungering for a world and a coloration and a register in sounds and senses, and you run your finger along the shelf and wonder, Is this it? Is this it? And you find something that’s close, or something that surprises you in its divergence from what you needed. But finally you can’t find the book that you want to read, and that’s when you start writing.”

– excerpted from an interview with the author Richard Powers,
The Art of Fiction, Paris Review, No. 164, Winter 2002-2003

 Photo © Mihai Barbat [=floppyrom]

h/t to Teaching Literacy for the lead-in to the quote and interview…and to Raluca Csernatoni for the map to the photo…