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Stephen Baker

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Bryn Mawr, Pa, The United States
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Stephen Baker is an American journalist. In 2008, he wrote The Numerati, a book about the Big Data economy. Until 2009 he worked for covered technology for BusinessWeek. In November, he left to go freelance and finish his second book, Final Jeopardy. His first novel, The Boost, is published by Tor Books (May 2014)

His blog for The Boost is:
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Stephen Baker When an author tries to create perfection, writer's block rears up. This is because every sentence could be better, which is always true. Looking for …moreWhen an author tries to create perfection, writer's block rears up. This is because every sentence could be better, which is always true. Looking for that "best" sentence can be paralyzing. My goal is to write 1,000 words a day. They don't have to be great, much less perfect. I just have to reach that number. That usually takes care of writer's block. (less)
Stephen Baker What I love about writing is that characters and conversations that didn't exist in the morning are alive and doing their thing by dinnertime. Then th…moreWhat I love about writing is that characters and conversations that didn't exist in the morning are alive and doing their thing by dinnertime. Then they're alive in my mind through days and weeks. Another thing I like is that I can be "at work" simply by opening the computer, or even thinking. (less)
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The Numerati

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Donkey Show, the novel


My new novel, Donkey Show, is out in trade paperback. The digital version will come next month, with the official launch.


The idea for the novel came back in the 80s. I was working as a general assignment reporter at the (now defunct) El Paso Herald-Post when a freelance photographer returned from a harrowing experience across the border, in Ciudad Juarez. A reputed drug lord, Gilberto Ontiveros, a Read more of this blog post »
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“Friendship is love without his wings.”
Stephen Baker, Final Jeopardy: The Story of Watson, the Computer That Will Transform Our World

“I’m tempted to say something I’ll probably regret,” he said. “We can tell you after each question the probability that we’re going to win the game.” He laughed. “Is there room for that analysis?”
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“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain

“Charm is not universal, desire is too often unreciprocated, it gathers and pools in the wrong places, slowly becoming toxic.”
Katie Kitamura, A Separation

“For her part, Kelly expressed warm feelings about Cooper as well. “He’s the one who taught me to relax during a scene and let the camera do some of the work,” she would recall. “On the stage you have to emote not only for the front rows, but for the balcony too, and I’m afraid I overdid it. He taught me the camera is always in the front row, and how to take it easy.”
Glenn Frankel, High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

“Around their mounds, they dug scores of miles of watercourses on the order of Venetian canals; one allowed them to punt their craft two and a half miles across Pine Island between the sound and Matlacha Pass, saving themselves from a ten-mile paddle around either end of the island.”
Jack Emerson Davis, The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

“Except for his hands, which belonged on a piece of monumental sculpture, and his small head, he was well proportioned. His muscles were large and round and he had a full, heavy chest. Yet there was something wrong. For all his size and shape, he looked neither strong nor fertile. He was like one of Picasso’s great sterile athletes, who brood hopelessly on pink sand, staring at veined marble waves.”
Nathanael West, The Day of the Locust

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