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Nicholson Baker quotes

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.

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.

I was very shy and somewhat awkward. I studied too hard. And to have this exciting dorm life was a whole new thing.

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.

Spoon the sauce over the ice cream. It will harden. This is what you have been working for.

Haven't you felt a peculiar sort of worry about the chair in your living room that no one sits in?

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.

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.

For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.

I don't do all that well in the writerly world. I'm happier being outside the flow.

I keep thinking I'll enjoy suspense novels, and sometimes I do. I've read about 20 Dick Francis novels.

I no longer want to live in an apartment furnished with forklifts and backhoes.

I'm often called obsessive, but I don't think I am any more than anyone else.

I've always thought of myself as shy.

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.

Many good poets are really essayists who write very short essays.

Rarely do pens go dry in restaurants.

Shoes are the first adult machines we are given to master.

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.

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.