1) What makes gods god?
2) The nature of divinity, sacrifice, devotion
3a) What is the cultural significance of the war between the gods of old and the "new gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon"?
3b) In what ways have American transferred their devotion from spiritual to material and technological gods?
3c) "Same shit, different shoes" maybe, but what are the consequences of such a shift?
4) The role of storytelling and "storytelling" in the various planes of culture --family, community, institutions, society
5) "It's almost hard to believe that this is in the same country as Lakeside," he said. Wednesday glared at him. Then he said, "It's not. San Francisco isn't in the same country as Lakeside anymore than New Orleans is in the same country as New York or Miami is in the same country as Minneapolis." "Is that so? said Shadow, mildly. "Indeed it is. They may share certain cultural signifiers--money, a federal government, entertainment--it's the same land, obviously--but the only things that give it the illusion of being one country are the greenback, The Tonight Show, and McDonald's." Whadda ya say.
(* discussion points sourced [and/or altered] from publisher)