Nicholson Baker: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Nicholson Baker Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Nicholson Baker, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Nicholson Baker you will find my Ten favorites of Nicholson Baker’s quotes. 

About Nicholson Baker

Baker is a contemporary American author of fiction and non-fiction. Born in Manhattan in 1957, he grew up in Rochester, New York. He has published sixteen books, including The Mezzanine (1988), U and I (1991), Human Smoke (2008), The Anthologist (2009), and Substitute (2016), and his work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, and Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. He has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the James Madison Freedom of Information Award, and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Baker and Margaret Brentano (co-author with Baker of The World on Sunday, 2005) founded the American Newspaper Repository in 1999 to save a large collection of U.S. newspapers, including the influential New York World of Joseph Pulitzer. The Repository’s holdings were donated to Duke University in 2004. Baker and Brentano live on the Penobscot River in Maine with two children.

Born: New York City, New York, The United States
Genre: Fiction, History

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“Poetry is prose in slow motion.”
― Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

 “The neurons that do expire are the ones that made imitation possible. When you are capable of skillful imitation, the sweep of choices before you is too large; but when your brain loses its spare capacity, and along with it some agility, some joy in winging it, and the ambition to do things that don’t suit it, then you finally have to settle down to do well the few things that your brain really can do well–the rest no longer seems pressing and distracting, because it is now permanently out of reach. The feeling that you are stupider than you were is what finally interests you in the really complex subjects of life: in change, in experience, in the ways other people have adjusted to disappointment and narrowed ability. You realize that you are no prodigy, your shoulders relax, and you begin to look around you, seeing local color unrivaled by blue glows of algebra and abstraction.”
― Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine

“It’s time for bed. And here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to get in bed, and I don’t have anyone to sleep with now, so what I do is I sleep with my books. And I know that’s kind of weird and solitary and pathetic. But if you think about it, it’s very cozy. Over a period of four, five, six, seven, nine, twenty nights of sleeping, you’ve taken all these books to bed with you, and you fall asleep, and the books are there.
Some of the books are thick, and some are thin, some of the books are in hardcover and some in paperback. Sometimes they get rolled up with the pillows and the blankets. And I never make the bed. So it’s like a stew of books. The bed is the liquid medium. It’s a Campbell’s Chunky Soup of books. The bed you eat with a fork.”
― Nicholson Baker

 “Sometimes I’ll spend an hour writing a tiny email. I work on it until I’ve created the illusion that I’ve dashed it off in three minutes. If I make a typo, I let it stand. Sometimes in fact I correct the typo without thinking, and then I back up and retype the typo so that it’ll look more casual. I don’t know why.”
― Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

 “But spending your life concentrating on death is like watching a whole movie and thinking only about the credits that are going to roll at the end. It’s a mistake of emphasis.”
― Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

 “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.”
― Nicholson Baker, The Mezzanine

“Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens.”
― Nicholson Baker

 “You can tell it’s a poem because it’s swimming in a little gel pack of white space. That shows it’s a poem.”
― Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

“I woke up thinking a very pleasant thought. There is lots left in the world to read.”
― Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

“You need the art in order to love the life.”
― Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

10 Famous Quotes by Author Nicholson Baker

So there you have it my Ten favorite quotes by Nicholson Baker, please comment below and share your favorite quotes by the fantastic author Nicholson Baker.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Nicholson Baker. 

One Final Bonus – Nicholson Baker Quote 

“Carpe diem’ doesn’t mean seize the day–it means something gentler and more sensible. ‘Carpe diem’ means pluck the day. Carpe, pluck. Seize the day would be “cape diem,” if my school Latin servies. No R. Very different piece of advice. What Horace had in mind was that you should gently pull on the day’s stem, as if it were, say, a wildflower or an olive, holding it with all the practiced care of your thumb and the side of your finger, which knows how to not crush easily crushed things–so that the day’s stalk or stem undergoes increasing tension and draws to a thinness, and a tightness, and then snaps softly away at its weakest point, perhaps leaking a little milky sap, and the flower, or the fruit, is released in your hand. Pluck the cranberry or blueberry of the day tenderly free without damaging it, is what Horace meant–pick the day, harvest the day, reap the day, mow the day, forage the day. Don’t freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it. That’s not the kind of man that Horace was.”

― Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

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