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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April 1998 : USA Hardback
March 1996 : USA Hardback
March 1996 : UK Hardback
Title: The Size of Thoughts
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 0-7011-6301-1 / 978-0-7011-6301-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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February 1997 : USA Paperback
January 1997 : UK Paperback
August 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition