July 28, 2010

pluck the day

from The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker, via Frank Chimero


  1. Lauren Stephenson on July 28th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    This is one of my favorite things ever.

  2. Dave Vogt on July 28th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    The hamburger day-seizers, they’re assholes. I know them. I’m related to at least a couple of them. They have no appreciation for what they haven’t wrought or forced.

  3. Sheila Ryan on July 28th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    This afternoon I am plucking, not seizing, yarrow, whose stalks I intend to use for I Ching divination.

  4. Michael Lang on July 28th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t know what else to say other than that I love this.

  5. Cindy Scroggins on July 28th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Well, if y’all haven’t read Nicholson Baker’s novels, it’s time to get started. The man is brilliant and hilarious. He’s had a longstanding love/hate relationship with librarians that is also amusing. His book, The Mezzanine is a work of art. The Fermata is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It includes a scene in which a librarian equips the seat of a riding lawnmower with a dildo and commences to mow a lot of grass. Vox is one long, relentless phone sex experience. He also has a story about potatoes that sprout tendrils and creep into sleeping people’s orifices. He says that was inspired by librarians, too. I can believe it.

  6. Luke Neff on July 28th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I think I’m going to have vegetable nightmares now.

  7. Dave Vogt on July 28th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    @Cindy Every time someone mentions a fermata I can’t help but think of that cheesy saying “Hold me, I’m a fermata”