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Birkerts, Sven. “Details.” New York Times Book Review (14 April 1996): 12.
Birkerts praises The Size of Thoughts, extolling Baker's writing abilities, wit, and verbal skill.
Cavanaugh, Tim. “Paper Tigers.” Reason 33, no. 4 (August-September 2001): 78-9.
Cavanaugh offers a negative assessment of Double Fold.
Fialkoff, Francine. “Baker's Book Is Half-Baked.” Library Journal (15 May 2001): 102.
Fialkoff, the editor of Library Journal, disagrees with Baker's arguments against the digitization of newspapers and periodicals in Double Fold, and proposes other methods for archiving materials.
Garner, Dwight. “The Collector.” New York Times Book Review (15 April 2001): 9.
Garner provides discussion of Double Fold and Baker's effort to preserve discarded newspaper collections, including his founding of the American Newspaper Repository.
Gates, David. “Paper Chase.” New York Times Book Review (15 April 2001): 8.
Gates summarizes many of the arguments presented in Double Fold, agreeing with Baker's positions and his alternative solutions to the digitization and subsequent destruction of original material in library collections.
Heinegg, Peter. “Bureaucrat, Spare That Book!” America (4 June 2001): 27.
Heinegg offers a positive assessment of Double Fold.
Kakutani, Michiko. “Ambient Dirt's Moment under a Pointillist's Gaze.” New York Times (2 April 1996): C15.
Kakutani praises Baker's ability to “serve up dozens of interesting facts … and aperçus” in The Size of Thoughts.
———. “The Life of a Child, Minute by Minute.” New York Times (2 June 1998): E10.
Kakutani criticizes The Everlasting Story of Nory, faulting the narrative for its cloying depiction of an overly sweet and innocent nine-year-old whose daily routines are described in minute detail, causing the book to become “banal” and “stultifying.”
———. “Microfilm Gets a Black Eye from a Friend of Paper.” New York Times (10 April 2001): E10.
Kakutani agrees that Baker raises important questions in Double Fold, noting that though the book is sometimes repetitive, meandering, and full of alarmist passages, it poses valid points against the digitization process and destruction of primary source material in libraries.
Lyall, Sarah. “An Author's Multifarious Images Joined by a Child.” New York Times (8 June 1998): E1.
Lyall provides discussion of The Everlasting Story of Nory and Baker's comments on his motivation for writing the book.
McCrum, Robert. “Through the Looking Glass.” New York Times Book Review (17 May 1998): 14.
McCrum lauds Baker's ambitious goals in rendering the world of a nine-year-old girl in The Everlasting Story of Nory.
Prose, Francine. “Fiction in Review.” Yale Review 82, no. 4 (October 1994): 121-32.
Prose provides a negative review of The Fermata, faulting the book for its “cutesy-poo sex talk” which is repetitive and tedious.
Satel, Sally L. Review of Vox, by Nicholson Baker. American Journal of Psychiatry 149, no. 12 (December 1992): 1749.
Satel evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Vox.
Shields, David. “Ludd's Labors Lost.” Voice Literary Supplement (7 May 1996): 8.
Shields offers a positive assessment of The Size of Thoughts.
Additional coverage of Baker's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 135; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 63; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 61; Contemporary Novelists, Ed. 7; Contemporary Popular Writers; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 227; DISCovering Authors 3.0; DISCovering Authors Modules: Popular Fiction and Genre Authors; and Literature Resource Center.
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