“Simplify, simplify!” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Richard Powers' latest novel, Bewilderment, is as gorgeously constructed as his other books, but it's almost painful. It connects with Mother Earth as much as his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Overstory did, but it hurts to read aspects of it. He captures despondency well.
Late last night, I came upon a sentence that put its finger directly in the center of…