Nicholson Baker's Quotes
Biography of Nicholson Baker
I blush easily. I have difficulty meeting people's eye, difficulty with public speaking, the normal afflictions of the shy, but not to a paralysing degree.Tags: Eye, Normal, Public
I hadn't played any music since freshman year of college, more than thirty years ago, so I had to relearn everything. I started writing songs. Some were dance and trance songs (I listen to them a lot while I'm writing), and some were love songs, because that after all is what music is about - dancing and trancing and love and love's setbacks.Tags: Love, Music, Writing
I like shelves full of books in a library, but if all books become electronic, the task of big research libraries remains the same - keep what's published in the form in which it appeared.Tags: Become, Big, Keep
I ordered a Kindle 2 from Amazon. How could I not? There were banner ads for it all over the Web. Whenever I went to the Amazon Web site, I was urged to buy one.Tags: Buy, Web, Whenever
I really practiced hard and got to a certain level of technical proficiency. I overcame some of my limitations. I was a hard-working, dedicated bassoonist, but I have to say I'm not a natural musician.Tags: Hard, Level, Natural
I think I am done with Wikipedia for the time being. But I have a secret hope. Someone recently proposed a Wikimorgue - a bin of broken dreams where all rejects could still be read, as long as they weren't libelous or otherwise illegal.Tags: Dreams, Hope, Time
It's true that I don't rearrange that much in the fiction, but I feel if you change even one name or the order of one event then you have to call it fiction or you get all the credits of non-fiction without paying the price.Tags: Change, Order, True
Maybe the Kindle was the Bowflex of bookishness: something expensive that, when you commit to it, forces you to do more of whatever it is you think you should be doing more of.Tags: Forces, Maybe, Whatever
One's head is finite. You pour more and more things into it - surnames, chronologies, affiliations - and it packs them away in its tunnels, and eventually you find that you have a book about something that you publish.Tags: Away, Book, Head
Printed books usually outlive bookstores and the publishers who brought them out. They sit around, demanding nothing, for decades. That's one of their nicest qualities - their brute persistence.Tags: Books, Qualities, Sit
The great thing about novels is that you can be as unshy as you want to be. I'm very polite in person. I don't want to talk about startling or upsetting things with people.Tags: Great, Polite, Talk
The nice thing about a protest song is that it takes the complaint, the fussing, the finger-pointing, and gives it an added component of sociable harmony.Tags: Nice, Song, Takes
There's a time and place for the Kindle, and I own one now and have books on it that I don't otherwise have. But I don't find that my hand reaches out for it the way it does for a trade paperback, or (in the middle of the night) for the iPod Touch.Tags: Night, Place, Time
True, the name of the product wasn't so great. Kindle? It was cute and sinister at the same time - worse than Edsel, or Probe, or Microsoft's Bob. But one forgives a bad name. One even comes to be fond of a bad name, if the product itself is delightful.Tags: Great, Time, True
Spoon the sauce over the ice cream. It will harden. This is what you have been working for.Tags: Ice, Spoon, Working
Wikipedia is just an incredible thing. It is fact-encirclingly huge, and it is idiosyncratic, careful, messy, funny, shocking and full of simmering controversies - and it is free, and it is fast.Tags: Free, Full, Funny
Haven't you felt a peculiar sort of worry about the chair in your living room that no one sits in?Tags: Felt, Living, Worry
Until a friend or relative has applied a particular proverb to your own life, or until you've watched him apply the proverb to his own life, it has no power to sway you.Tags: Friend, Life, Power
First, if you love the Kindle and it works for you, it isn't problematic, and you should ignore all my criticisms and read the way you want to read.Tags: Ignore, Love, Read
For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.Tags: Control, Group, Living
I don't do all that well in the writerly world. I'm happier being outside the flow.Tags: Flow, Happier, Outside
I keep thinking I'll enjoy suspense novels, and sometimes I do. I've read about 20 Dick Francis novels.Tags: Enjoy, Sometimes, Thinking
I no longer want to live in an apartment furnished with forklifts and backhoes.Tags: Apartment, Longer
I was very shy and somewhat awkward. I studied too hard. And to have this exciting dorm life was a whole new thing.Tags: Hard, Life, Whole
I'm often called obsessive, but I don't think I am any more than anyone else.Tags: Anyone, Else, Often
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I've never been a fast reader. I'm fickle; I don't finish books I start; I put a book aside for five, ten years and then take it up again.Tags: Book, Put, Start
So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.Tags: Learned, Poetry, Wanted
That was the problem with reading: you always had to pick up again at the very thing that had made you stop reading the day before.Tags: Again, Problem, Reading
The music wasn't going to happen, and I realized I had read so little. I didn't know my way around any century. I was very under read.Tags: Happen, Music, Read
When I really want to be soothed and reminded of why people bother to fiddle with sentences, I often read poetry.Tags: Often, Poetry, Why
While I was writing I assumed it would be published under a pseudonym, and that liberated me: what I wrote was exactly what I wanted to read.Tags: Wanted, While, Writing
E.B. White's essays are the best things I've read about Maine - especially the one in which he's not sure if he can go out sailing any more in his sloop.Tags: Best, Read, Sure
From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound.Tags: Music, Poetry, Time