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by Nicholson Baker
How much of what we read do we actually retain? Should we care? The accidental "hap" of memory and that cherished literary principle: "remember the poop joke."
Nicholson Baker understands how often people think about sex, but he also understands that, often times, they just think about shoelaces — and he understands those thoughts of sex and shoelaces aren’t as far apart, in form or in content, as they might at first seem.