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Nicholson Baker

Autor(a) de The Mezzanine

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About the Author

Nicholson Baker lives in Maine. Nicholson Baker was born in New York City on January 7, 1957. He briefly attended the Eastman School of Music before receiving a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College. He is the author of both fiction and nonfiction works including The Mezzanine (1988); Room mostrar mais Temperature (1990); Vox (1992); The Fermata (1994); The Everlasting Story of Nory (1998); Checkpoint (2004); and The Anthologist (2009). His nonfiction work, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Nicholson Baker

The Mezzanine (1988) 2,061 exemplares
Vox (1992) 1,928 exemplares
The Fermata (1994) 1,567 exemplares
The Anthologist (2009) 1,006 exemplares
A Box of Matches (2003) 712 exemplares
Room Temperature (1990) 543 exemplares
U and I: A True Story (1991) 503 exemplares
The Everlasting Story of Nory (1998) 467 exemplares
House of Holes (2011) 464 exemplares
Checkpoint (2004) 365 exemplares
The way the world works : essays (2012) 195 exemplares
Traveling Sprinkler (2013) 191 exemplares

Associated Works

American Gothic Tales (1996) — Contribuidor — 453 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Contribuidor — 310 exemplares
A Book of Books (2002) — Prefácio, algumas edições242 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1994 (1994) — Contribuidor — 180 exemplares
Granta 76: Music (2001) — Contribuidor — 155 exemplares
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1996 (1996) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
The Best American Erotica 1993 (1993) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage (2011) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Narrator too much of a prick for me to enjoy this
audient_void | 31 outras críticas | Jan 6, 2024 |
Unnecessarily of the j’accuse tone—naming names, calling out even lowly librarians who don’t have much say. So that’s rude. He’s not wrong, he’s just an asshole. And, big error, one doesn’t need gloves for rare books. Also, by his lights we should never throw anything out. I don’t know what we should keep, but keeping everything seems absurd. That said, microfilm sucks.
BookyMaven | 18 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2023 |
"House of Holes" doesn't come close to being a must-read, but it is fun, occasionally inventive smut with a literary slant. It's been said that pornography is nothing but a fantasy of universal consent, and Nicholson leans into the fantasy aspect here, describing a world of semi-enchanted bodily fluids, fantastical sexual technologies, and consequence-free intercourse that doesn't have a lot to do with the world that we actually bump and grind in. Some of these stories -- such as the one that describes how a woman who's tired of being judged for her appearance finds satisfaction with a man whose head has been temporarily removed -- are both pleasingly ingenious and seem to be getting a larger truth about how real people relate to each other. Baker's also smart enough to realize that while most of us, sensibly enough, get off on release, some of us are turned on by restraint: this particular sexual paradise features a subgroup of men who make it a point not to gratify themselves. But those are the better stories in this collection. Some of the others are just, well, porn that's been effectively workshopped.

I'm a dude myself, but I thought that the author wrote sex from the female perspective tolerably well, although "House of Holes" is, in the final analysis, straighter and more forthrightly cis that it necessarily needs to be. Genitals -- both male and female -- sometimes appear in less-than-expected places, but the essential duality of man and women doesn't come in for much questioning. This isn't a book for people who get off on ambiguity, or, for that matter, subtlety. The sort of ridiculous sex talk that's indelibly associated with letters to Penthouse is all over this collection, and it's good fun to see it in a relatively literary environment. There are so many ridiculous, gross, and just plain strange terms for genitalia here that I would lay money on the fact that the author had been saving them up in some notebook or other for years. In true pornographic form, he shows no embarrassment at all about deploying them here. Everything about "House of Holes", in fact, suggests an author on a lark. I, like just about everyone in "House of Holes," am more than willing to indulge him, even if he gets a bit cheesy on occasion. Authors will have thier fun.
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TheAmpersand | 18 outras críticas | Nov 25, 2023 |



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