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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

January 7th, 2002

In 1957, American novelist and non-fiction writer Nicholson Baker (The Mezzanine, 1988) is born in Rochester, N.Y.

Nicholson Baker, b. January 7, 1957

baker.pngAs a quirky novelist, Baker can be fascinating in his depiction of the mundane and quotidian, especially when he stays away from the subject of his own daughter. As a non-fiction writer, he edges into the profound. Human Smoke, about Allied passivity concerning the Nazi extermination camps, has been both criticized and hailed for its portrait of Hitler’s terror. And Double Fold was among the first studies to illuminate (and lament) the end of the print era.

Suggested Reading Fiction The Mezzanine, 1988. Room Temperature, 1990. The Anthologist, 2009. Non-fiction U and I: A True Story, 1991. The Size of Thoughts: Essays and Other Lumber, 1996. Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, 2001. Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, 2008.

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