by Nicholson Baker
Read this during my Nicholson Baker phase. Which came right on the heels of my John Updike phase.
In hindsight, I only liked Baker’s non-fiction works–this, a tirade against microfiche which I thoroughly support, and his literary stalking of Updike in U & I.
I kept trying to read his micro-detailed fiction like The Mezzanine (ie, What I Think About When I Think About Other Random Things While Tying My Shoelaces During My Lunch Hour) thinking it must be genius ‘till I gave up thinking I don’t give a shit about genius if it’s this fucking boring.
P.S. “Double fold” is a brittleness test you perform on old paper by folding the dog ear of a page twice in opposite directions. If the dog ear falls off, digitize it.