Simply because my attention wasn't held from start to finish.
All, an inner monologue of comments and perceptions that made me feel I'd slipped into an alternate universe that exceeds description by anyone by Baker.
I am re-reading this collection and I am reminded of just how much Baker has to offer readers.
Credit where it's due, there's a sense in which this collection of essays merits a 5-star rating: it displays the author's impressive breadth of learning; it is, throughout,... Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by Librum
I am re-reading this collection and I am reminded of just how much Baker has to offer readers. The essay "Books as Furniture" is a masterpiece of whimsy, sociology, tangent... Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by A. Walsh
Based on reading just half this book I scrambled back to Amazon and ordered everything else he's written. Read morePublished on March 12, 2008 by Roy Clark
I've read and enjoyed other works by Baker (The Fermata, Vox), but this collection of magazine articles is absolute rubbish. Read morePublished on January 28, 2007 by Steven M. Anthony
This is a brilliant book. It consists of several short essays on varied subjects; fingernail clippers, a review of a slang dictionary, and the demise of card catalogues to name a... Read morePublished on April 17, 2006 by Yoshimura
The world is full of whiners, and this guy is the king. As a pup, Nicholson Baker attended the School Without Walls where, "learning has no limit. Read morePublished on June 30, 2004
A weirdly eclectic mix of topics, each of which stays with you.
The essay on card catalogs makes me want to scream and tear my hair out. Read more
True to form, Nicholson Baker delights with curious arcane tidbits about everything from the making of model airplane kits to the sad fate of card catalogues. Read morePublished on November 16, 1999