Nicholson Baker Quotes

For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.

Beginning Quotes, Control Quotes, Writers Quotes

I've always thought of myself as shy.

Thought Quotes

I keep thinking I'll enjoy suspense novels, and sometimes I do. I've read about 20 Dick Francis novels.

Thinking Quotes

 

I really practiced hard and got to a certain level of technical proficiency. I overcame some of my limitations. I was a hard-working, dedicated bassoonist, but I have to say I'm not a natural musician.

Hard Work Quotes, Practice Quotes, Limitations Quotes, Music Quotes

Until a friend or relative has applied a particular proverb to your own life, or until you've watched him apply the proverb to his own life, it has no power to sway you.

Life Quotes, Power Quotes

When I really want to be soothed and reminded of why people bother to fiddle with sentences, I often read poetry.

Mind Quotes, Poetry Quotes

From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound.

Time Quotes, Music Quotes, Nature Quotes, Poetry Quotes

So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.

Poetry Quotes

Printed books usually outlive bookstores and the publishers who brought them out. They sit around, demanding nothing, for decades. That's one of their nicest qualities - their brute persistence.

Persistence Quotes

The music wasn't going to happen, and I realized I had read so little. I didn't know my way around any century. I was very under read.

Music Quotes

I hadn't played any music since freshman year of college, more than thirty years ago, so I had to relearn everything. I started writing songs. Some were dance and trance songs (I listen to them a lot while I'm writing), and some were love songs, because that after all is what music is about - dancing and trancing and love and love's setbacks.

Love Quotes, Music Quotes

First, if you love the Kindle and it works for you, it isn't problematic, and you should ignore all my criticisms and read the way you want to read.

Love Quotes, Work Quotes, Criticism Quotes

I was very shy and somewhat awkward. I studied too hard. And to have this exciting dorm life was a whole new thing.

Life Quotes

I think I am done with Wikipedia for the time being. But I have a secret hope. Someone recently proposed a Wikimorgue - a bin of broken dreams where all rejects could still be read, as long as they weren't libelous or otherwise illegal.

Time Quotes, Dreams Quotes, Hope Quotes

The nice thing about a protest song is that it takes the complaint, the fussing, the finger-pointing, and gives it an added component of sociable harmony.

Harmony Quotes

Haven't you felt a peculiar sort of worry about the chair in your living room that no one sits in?

Worry Quotes

Spoon the sauce over the ice cream. It will harden. This is what you have been working for.

Work Quotes

True, the name of the product wasn't so great. Kindle? It was cute and sinister at the same time - worse than Edsel, or Probe, or Microsoft's Bob. But one forgives a bad name. One even comes to be fond of a bad name, if the product itself is delightful.

Great Quotes, Time Quotes

There's a time and place for the Kindle, and I own one now and have books on it that I don't otherwise have. But I don't find that my hand reaches out for it the way it does for a trade paperback, or (in the middle of the night) for the iPod Touch.

Time Quotes

The great thing about novels is that you can be as unshy as you want to be. I'm very polite in person. I don't want to talk about startling or upsetting things with people.

Great Quotes

It's true that I don't rearrange that much in the fiction, but I feel if you change even one name or the order of one event then you have to call it fiction or you get all the credits of non-fiction without paying the price.

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