A Box of Matches

“You notice something, some particular quality of the slush at the side of the road . . . or something, . . . anything. You notice it a few times down in the lizard brain area. And then it’s only the third or forth time that you notice it, that it feels as if you’re noticing it. Seeing something again and again is essential to noticing something for the first time in a strange way.”
Nicholson Baker, profiled on All Things Considered

The same page also includes two one-minute clips of Baker reading from his new book, A Box of Matches and there’s another excerpt on Random House’s page.

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  1. Funny you should link to that… I heard him on All Things Considered, and that little blurb struck me as being so deeply profound that I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Cool stuff.

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