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The Way the World Works

Essays
Baker, Nicholson (Book - 2012 )
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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.
Authors: Baker, Nicholson
Title: The way the world works
essays
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Characteristics: x, 317 p. ;,22 cm.
Contents: Life: String
Coins
How I met my wife
La mer
Why I like the telephone
What happened on April 29, 1994
Sunday at the dump
Writing wearing earplugs
One summer. Reading: Thorin son of Thráin
Narrow ruled
Inky burden
No step
I said to myself
Defoe, truthteller
From A to Zyxt
The nod
David Remnick. Libraries and newspapers: Truckin' for the future
If libraries don't do it, who will?
Reading the paper
The Times in 1951
Take a look at this airship!
Sex and the city, circa 1840. Technology: Grab me a gondola
The charms of Wikipedia
Kindle 2
Papermakers
Google's earth
Steve Jobs. War: Why I'm a pacifist
We don't know the language we don't know
Painkiller deathstreak. Last essay: Mowing.
Summary: "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.
Local Note: 6 15 35 53 109 118 173 203 210 211 222 226 243
ISBN: 1416572473
9781416572473
Statement of Responsibility: Nicholson Baker
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Headings: American essays.
Topical Term: American essays.
LCCN: 2011052741
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