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The Mezzanine - Nicholson Baker Did not like this as much as The Anthologist, in part because it required reading voluminous footnotes in small print, which drives me almost as crazy as voluminous italics, but mostly because the narrative voice did not capture my ear like The Anthologist did.

The entire book concerns the "reappraisal of everyday objects and rituals" during an escalator ride, "from the humble milk carton to the act of tying one's shoes." Yawn, you may say, but Nicholson is a master of the mundane, and ultimately I found the ride to be very interesting, if not fascinating (at least not to me), and occasionally very funny.