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Mezzanine (Paperback)

by Nicholson Baker

Game Six: On the Sport of Writing 3

Can every writer be a Nicholson Baker? Can every athlete be an Isiah Thomas? I don’t know. But what I can say is that in both the athletic and literary worlds, interested parties find themselves asking whether the ratio for a successful career skews more toward aptitude or labor.

AudioVox: On Nicholson Baker, Audiobooks, and Reading 1

I’m not averse to the idea of female ejaculation, and so when I heard female ejaculation mentioned quite loudly in an otherwise quiet room I looked up with the sort of expression that probably said something like, “Why, sure, I have a healthy curiosity about female ejaculation, so please, by all means, if you have something new to share on the subject, proceed!”

It's a Mixed Life: An Interview with Nicholson Baker 1

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.

A Year in Reading: Mark O'Connell 7

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.

Ham Steaks and Manstarch: Nicholson Baker Returns to the Sex Beat 4

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?

Good Luck, Memory 13

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."

Consciousness on the Page: A Primer on the Novels of Nicholson Baker 2

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.