The Way the World Works

The Way the World Works

By Nicholson Baker

  • Release Date : 2012-08-07
  • Genre : Essays
  • FIle Size : 2.92 MB
Score: 3.5
From 35 Ratings


The Way the World Works Nicholson Baker, who “writes like no one else in America” (Newsweek), here assembles his best short pieces from the last fifteen years.

The Way the World Works, Baker’s second nonfiction collection, ranges over the map of life to examine what troubles us, what eases our pain, and what brings us joy. Baker moves from political controversy to the intimacy of his own life, from forgotten heroes of pacifism to airplane wings, telephones, paper mills, David Remnick, Joseph Pulitzer, the OED, and the manufacture of the Venetian gondola. He writes about kite string and about the moment he met his wife, and he surveys our fascination with video games while attempting to beat his teenage son at Modern Warfare 2. In a celebrated essay on Wikipedia, Baker describes his efforts to stem the tide of encyclopedic deletionism; in another, he charts the rise of e-readers; in a third he chronicles his Freedom of Information lawsuit against the San Francisco Public Library.

Through all these pieces, many written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The American Scholar, Baker shines the light of an inexpugnable curiosity. The Way the World Works is a keen-minded, generous-spirited compendium by a modern American master.


  • A solid collection of essays

    By One Suitcase
    A solid collection of essays that covers a lot of ground and dating back 20 or so years. Some of the 'technology' essays felt dated but some were timeless, especially 'One Summer'. (Mr Baker and I were raised in the same hometown -- Rochester, NY -- and I was drawn to the book since the first two essays are set in Rochester.)