Nicholson Baker’s latest novel, The Anthologist, was published in September 2009. (July 2010)
Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton
Historical Dictionary of American Slang (Volume I, A-G) edited by J.E. Lighter
I used to think that it was a bad thing to mention dreams in fiction. I’d read an essay by John Leonard, I believe it was, in The New York Times Book Review sometime in the late Seventies, in which he said that dreams in novels were a mistake. But I rejected that notion ages ago.
One Saturday last month I went to Lafayette Park in Washington D.C., across the street from the White House, in order to protest several wars.
Twenty-five years ago, when I was twenty-eight and trying to write a novel, I sent this fan letter to John Updike. I lived in Brookline, Massachusetts, back then, and my girlfriend, now my wife, lived in Boston. I printed the letter out all on one page, with narrow margins, using my new Kaypro computer and Juki daisywheel printer. Updike didn’t answer—he couldn’t, because I didn’t put a return address on the envelope.