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Nicholson Baker

Human Smoke and Nazis: The Good, the Bad and the Annoying

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

Human Smoke is chock-full of small, often powerful but unrelated scenes. What you get is a Jackson Pollack painting in audio: a lot of vivid colors and absolutely no shape to any of it. It's a helter-skelter of disjointed events and it's up to us to connect the dots.

Random Notes and Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Alarming concept: a TV series starring Flo, the Progressive Insurance lady. Matt Damon is having Jimmy Stewart's career. The Kardashians are having...

Critics and Other Cultural Gatekeepers: Mind the Gate!

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Where is the recognition that a "book of raunch," rather than reflecting a mature and vibrant culture, is symptomatic of one in steep, full-on decline, drunk on its power and narcissism (including Baker's pet vice, sexual titillation)?

Amy Lee

HuffPost Review: Nicholson Baker's 'House Of Holes'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 10.16.2011 | Home

Already, Nicholson Baker's latest novel, "House of Holes: A Book of Raunch" has accumulated a pile of press exclaiming over its explicit content. How ...

Unfilmable Books

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books and movies have gone hand-in-hand since Hollywood's very beginnings. Some of its greatest triumphs--"The Godfather," "Gone With The Wind," "The ...

Margaret Atwood, Anne Rice, Kazuo Ishiguro And Others Share Their Writing Secrets

Wall Street Journal | ALEXANDRA ALTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Richard Powers lounges in bed all day and speaks his novels aloud to a laptop computer with voice-recognition software. Junot Diaz, author of the Puli...

The Anthologist: Pining For The Four-Beat Rhythm Poem

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Nicholson Baker is a writer who can talk the afternoon away in the quirky, wise, erudite, fluidly funny high style that we know on the page as Nick Bakeresque.