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The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
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Sep 30, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: weird

(written 1/2001)

The intricacies of human life and culture here in America - beautiful in its completeness. Overanalyzing and reporting objectively so you can't help but look at your own life the same way.

The periodicity of conversations, periodicity of thoughts in a year... theme of speculating exactly how his shoelaces both broke within two days, after two years of being worn.

On hot blow dryers in bathrooms:
"Come to your senses, World! ... How can you let your marketing men continue to make claims that sound like the 1890s ads for patent medicines or electroactive copper wrist bracelets that are printed on the Formica on the tables at Wendy's? You are selling a hot-air machine that works well and lasts for decades: a simple, possibly justifiable means for fast-food chains to save money on paper products. Say that or say nothing."

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