The Anthologist - Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker’s zany new novel, The Anthologist (Simon & Schuster, $25), is a beguiling love story about poets that everyone who writes or reads lyrical verse will savor.  Narrator Paul Chowder, a published poet, struggles against his writer’s block to compose a preface to a poetry anthology. In the process, he obsesses over poetry and life with humor and pathos:  “Poetry is a controlled refinement of sobbing….The rhyming of rhymes is a powerful form of self-medication.…Rhyming is the avoidance of mental pain by addicting yourself to what will happen next.”  Chowder instructs his readers to write down and recite aloud every poem they encounter.  I found in my reading that I was so enchanted with some of Chowder’s aphorisms that I was writing those down as well.

The Paul Chowder Chronicles: The Anthologist and Traveling Sprinkler, Two Novels By Nicholson Baker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399172595
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Published: Penguin Books - October 9th, 2014