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by Nicholson Baker

Sex and the Single Librarian 9

One of the frustrations of being a librarian is the occupational stereotyping. Librarians tend to be depicted in books and movies as elderly spinsters, rigid and frigid. More recently, in a predictable attempt to subvert convention, the slutty librarian trope has emerged: young, hot-blooded, yet not exempt from the cats-eye glasses.

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.

Escapism for Moms: Three Chronicles of Fatherhood 6

I found myself cheering these elusive mothers: Let her work! Let her sleep! Let her leave town! Some of my fondest feelings toward my daughter, I must admit, rise up in me when I imagine her at home with her dad.

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?

Double Fold, Double Jeopardy 20

A decade after Nicholson Baker’s provocative book, are American libraries still trashing perfectly collectible books?

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.