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The Way the World Works de Nicholson Baker
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The Way the World Works (edição: 2012)

de Nicholson Baker

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"Baker's second nonfiction collection, ranges over the map of life to examine what troubles us, what eases our pain, and what brings us joy. Baker moves from political controversy to the intimacy of his own life, from forgotten heroes of pacifism to airplane wings, telephones, paper mills, David Remnick, Joseph Pulitzer, the "OED," and the manufacture of the Venetian gondola. He writes about kite string and about the moment he met his wife, and he surveys our fascination with video games while attempting to beat his teenage son at "Modern Warfare 2." In a celebrated essay on Wikipedia, Baker describes his efforts to stem the tide of encyclopedic deletionism; in another, he charts the rise of e-readers; in a third he chronicles his Freedom of Information lawsuit against the San Francisco Public Library."--Provided by publisher.… (mais)
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Título:The Way the World Works
Autores:Nicholson Baker
Informação:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2012), Hardcover
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The way the world works : essays de Nicholson Baker

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Some of the essays in this collection are great, outstanding really and there are others that are quite a bore and not really worth much consideration. The ones in the latter category fall under the purview of introductions (mostly) or quippy pieces that Baker likely dashed off for one publication or another. The really great ones, which the exception of "One Summer", are the longer, more intricate explorations, pretty much all of the pieces in the Technology section and the War section, notably "Painkiller Deathstreak" and "Kindle 2". Read these essays, they're awesome but don't spend your time in the whole collection. ( )
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
Rationed chaos. I love Baker. ( )
  cookierooks | Nov 16, 2016 |
One might not always find oneself in complete agreement with Nicholson Baker on any given topic (I certainly do not), but he writes well, and interestingly, about a broad range of topics in this collection of short essays. Everything from microfilm to pacifism to Maine dumps to Daniel Defoe to David Remnick gets its few pages here, and the essays are all worth a read. ( )
1 vote JBD1 | Aug 20, 2014 |
A great collection from a favorite writer. Before I was halfway through my library copy, I had ordered this from the bookstore, knowing I'd want to reread some of it, as well as press it on friends.

I don't necessarily agree with everything he says -- for example, I do like my Kindle for many things. But I enjoy the felicity and intelligence of his writing, and he always makes me think. ( )
  Laura400 | Oct 28, 2013 |
A mixed bag as it usually is with collections like these. Some of the essays are great, some good, and a few so-so. Baker is a writer who is consistently eloquent and interesting. I especially enjoyed his essays on libraries and reading. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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The individual essays not only carom around the world in subject matter, they also vary greatly in quality. Some showcase his eye for detail and his ability to nail down those details in velvety, Updikean prose. Some read like parodies of self-absorption that highlight Mr. Baker’s apparent need — shared with his idol, John Updike — to capture even the most trivial of his jottings between the covers of a book. “One Summer,” a list of things the author did over various summers, actually contains this paragraph: “One summer a raisin stuck to a page I was writing on, so I drew an outline of it and wrote ‘A Raisin Stuck here — Sunmaid.’ ” And later on, this sentence: “One summer I was on the verge of making a baloney sandwich.”
 

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"Baker's second nonfiction collection, ranges over the map of life to examine what troubles us, what eases our pain, and what brings us joy. Baker moves from political controversy to the intimacy of his own life, from forgotten heroes of pacifism to airplane wings, telephones, paper mills, David Remnick, Joseph Pulitzer, the "OED," and the manufacture of the Venetian gondola. He writes about kite string and about the moment he met his wife, and he surveys our fascination with video games while attempting to beat his teenage son at "Modern Warfare 2." In a celebrated essay on Wikipedia, Baker describes his efforts to stem the tide of encyclopedic deletionism; in another, he charts the rise of e-readers; in a third he chronicles his Freedom of Information lawsuit against the San Francisco Public Library."--Provided by publisher.

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