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The trouble with reading 'House of Holes' [Video]

August 19, 2011 | 10:22 am

The very literary Nicholson Baker's new novel "House of Holes" is subtitled "A book of raunch." It's full of graphic language and sex scenes -- book critic David L. Ulin called it "a bona fide filth-fest," noting that it was hard to quote from it in his review. That's demonstrated in this entirely-safe-for-work video, in which staff from Baker's publisher, Simon & Schuster, read an excerpt.

Baker is also the author of the highly acclaimed novels "The Mezzanine" and "The Anthologist." His 2001 book "Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper" won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. So far, according to Simon & Schuster's website, it looks like he won't be going on book tour to read from "House of Holes." You can see why.

-- Carolyn Kellogg


Book review: "House of Holes" by Nicholson Baker

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-- Carolyn Kellogg