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The size of thoughts : essays and other lumber

Author: Nicholson Baker
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Novelist Nicholson Baker, author of The Mezzanine and Vox and called by Vanity Fair "the best American writer of his generation," here collects over a decade's worth of essays and journalism, including his controversial and highly praised 1994 article on the destruction of library card catalogs. His subjects range from the internals of the movie projector to the emotional tribulations of reading aloud; from the
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Baker, Nicholson.
Size of thoughts.
New York : Random House, c1996
(OCoLC)603732704
Online version:
Baker, Nicholson.
Size of thoughts.
New York : Random House, c1996
(OCoLC)607849891
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 0679439323 9780679439325
OCLC Number: 33244097
Description: 355 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Changes of mind --
The Size of thoughts --
Rarity --
Model airplanes --
The Projector --
Clip art --
Reading aloud --
The History of punctuation --
A Novel by Alan Hollinghurst --
Leading with the Grumper --
The Northern pedestal --
Wedding --
Mlack --
Recipe --
Ice Storm --
Discards --
Books as furniture --
Lumber (i-vii).
Responsibility: Nicholson Baker.
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Novelist Nicholson Baker, author of The Mezzanine and Vox and called by Vanity Fair "the best American writer of his generation," here collects over a decade's worth of essays and journalism, including his controversial and highly praised 1994 article on the destruction of library card catalogs. His subjects range from the internals of the movie projector to the emotional tribulations of reading aloud; from the disappearance of hybrid punctuation to the mechanics of changing one's mind; from the lexicography of dirty talk to the manufacture of the fingernail clipper. There is a wedding address, a study of the not-so-random books that are used as props in mail-order catalogs, and a recipe.

The final essay, which appears in print here for the first time, pursues through several centuries of prose and poetry the vagaries of the word lumber as a metaphor for the contents of the human mind, in what becomes in the telling a dazzlingly pedantic case study of the fanaticism of scholarship and the beauty that can reside within a piece of ordinary language.

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