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by Nicholson Baker
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Obama’s administration has been a devastating disappointment, in so many different ways. Fanatical secrecy, the persecution of whistleblowers, foreign interventions and arms shipments that make things worse, the quintupling of drone killings -- it just has to be said.
His compassion and clarity are such that I often found myself thinking that if God existed and had sat down to write a novel, this is what it would look like.
House of Holes is a carefully constructed contrivance, a vehicle for exploring a fantasy that could exist only in a country that's both obsessed with sex and deeply conflicted about it. In short, it's every pubescent boy's wet dream. But is it good fiction?
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.