Elderism # 61

September 9th, 2009

“I’m going to get in bed, and I don’t have anyone to sleep with now, so what I do is I sleep with my books. And I know that’s kind of weird and solitary and pathetic. But if you think about it, it’s very cozy. Over a period of four, five, six, seven, nine twenty nights of sleeping, you’ve taken all these books to bed with you, and you fall asleep, and the books are there.”

From The Anthologist, Nicholson Baker’s new novel about a poet who’s trying to write an introduction to a poetry anthology