Nicholson Baker


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Nicholson Baker (born January 7, 1957) is a contemporary American writer of fiction and non-fiction. As a novelist, he often focuses on minute inspection of his characters' and narrators' stream of consciousness, and has written about poetry, literature, library systems, history, politics, time manipulation, youth and sex. His fiction generally de-emphasizes narrative in favor of careful ... more »

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  • ''Footnotes are the finer-suckered surfaces that allow tentacular paragraphs to hold fast to the wider reality of the library.''
    Nicholson Baker (b. 1957), U.S. author. The Mezzanine, footnote to ch. 14 (1988).
  • ''Shoes are the first adult machines we are given to master.''
    Nicholson Baker (b. 1957), U.S. author. The Mezzanine, ch. 2 (1988).
  • ''In my case, adulthood itself was not an advance, although it was a useful waymark.''
    Nicholson Baker (b. 1957), U.S. author. The Mezzanine, ch. 3 (1988).
  • ''Until a friend or relative has applied a particular proverb to your own life, or until you've watched him apply the proverb to his own life, it has no power to sway you.''
    Nicholson Baker (b. 1957), U.S. author. U. And I: A True Story, ch. 4 (1991).
  • ''Updike was the first to take the penile sensorium under the wing of elaborate metaphorical prose.''
    Nicholson Baker (b. 1957), U.S. author. U and I, ch. 1, Random House (1991).
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