"Wikipedia is just an incredible thing. It is fact-encirclingly huge, and it is idiosyncratic, careful, messy, funny, shocking and full of simmering controversies - and it is free, and it is fast."
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."Nicholson Baker on Lana Turner
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."Nicholson Baker on Ron White
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."Nicholson Baker on Bill Cosby
"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes."Nicholson Baker on Jim Carrey
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."Nicholson Baker on Elbert Hubbard
"I think I am done with Wikipedia for the time being. But I have a secret hope. Someone recently proposed a Wikimorgue - a bin of broken dreams where all rejects could still be read, as long as they weren't libelous or otherwise illegal."
"When I really want to be soothed and reminded of why people bother to fiddle with sentences, I often read poetry."
"From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound."
"So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry."