Saturday, August 2, 2008

Baker on Shea on 59 million words

While I have noted (with indignation) that many reviews of books by Nicholson Baker - particularly the last one - are bad,  any review BY Nicholson Baker is a thing to savor indeed. I still have a photocopy of his wonderful 1994  NYRB review  of J.E. Lighter's Historical Dictionary of American Slang "Leading wth the Grumper" lying around for levity in gloomy moments.  In Sunday's New York Times, Baker treats us to another review of a word-related (aren't they all?) book, Ammon Shea's Reading the OED: One Man, OneYear, 21,730 Pages. For me, every Baker review is followed by a purchase.

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