Quotation by Nicholson Baker

For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.
Nicholson Baker (b. 1957), U.S. author. U and I, ch. 1, Random House (1991).

In contrast to the dead, who "can be helpful, needless to say, but we can only guess sloppily about how they would react to this emergent particle of time, which is all the time we have."
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