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The Size of Thoughts: Essays and Other Lumber Paperback – February 25, 1997
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From Scientific American
Baker possesses a sublime prose style, as well as unbridled enthusiasm for his topics . . . . The Size of Thoughtsis replete with charm and wit and literary bravura.
Mr. Baker is one of those writers who almost cannot not give pleasure . . . . Like no one I can think of, this writer puts the language through its paces--showing how nomenclature and syntax not only serve heightened perception but also create it in the reader. . . . Mr. Baker's procedure is to settle on something commonplace yet structurally intricate and then, with magnified detailing and sly humor, to unfold hitherto unimagined panoramas. -- The New York Times Book Review, Sven Birkerts
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Those other books are coming in now, and I've skimmed three or four and they are no-less unique amazements. MEZZANINE, as an example, immortalizes some guy's thoughts on a 135-page escalator ride. 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. (Consider a format where there's as much copy in the footnotes as in the narration.)
Nicholson Baker can see and describe anything and make it readable, interesting and insightful. Wish I could write like that.
Gorgeous phrases, decadent writing at times, yet grounded.
Baker is without question a talented writer, but this collection aptly demonstrates that even the best author needs adequate subject matter with which to work. I'm stunned at just how bad this collection actually is. The first time I've ever awarded a one star rating.
This may sound funny, but I see this book as not just a collection of essays, but a guide to being thorough and rigorous in life. Baker's approach is one that says leave no question unanswered, no thought unconsidered. And I find his engagement with the subject matter of every piece infectious and inspiring.
It's a great book.
In fact, Nicholson Baker has been assaulted once or twice in the past by a reviewer or two for being a minor pornographer on the last two novelistic outings, and I guess that he is now asking for our forgiveness. He portrays himself here as a regular guy, with a great interest in the most minute particles. The careful essays are about simple things: changing your mind as opposed to making decisions, the size and shape of thoughts, and rarity in life and experience. Baker is also a physical guy and likes his hands on the machinery, so he devotes a word or two about typewriters, model airplanes, clipping your nails, and the movie projectionist.
He is a severe literary critic (refer to U and I), and Baker here elaborates his views on the literary profession which include the art of reading aloud, the history of punctuation, thoughts about Alan Hollinghurst and J. E. Lighter's The Historical Dictionary of American Slang. Things read at weddings, typos, a recipe, dewey decimal system, and books as furniture are thrown in the shuffle; glue keeps it all together. And finally a long essay about the history of lumber, where he comes out in favor of lumber, is his most strongly political. I say that I love lumber! Ever since I was hit on the head by a two by four as a child.
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The essay on card catalogs makes me want to scream and tear my hair out.Read more