Nicholson Baker: 'I fear America has become a bloated roadkill cadaver'

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The novelist and writer on his beard and why he wishes he hadn’t made so much money in his 30s

Born in New York, Nicholson Baker, 63, published The Mezzanine, a novel detailing a lunch hour, in 1986. He has written 11 novels and won the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award for Double Fold: Libraries And The Assault On Paper. Baseless: My Search For Secrets In The Ruins Of The Freedom Of Information Act has just been published. He is married with two children and lives in Maine.

When were you happiest?When we had children at home. But recently I finished a book about old secrets that I’ve been working on for a long time, and when I was done, I felt a gigantic, joyful relief in having escaped from the corn maze of remembered facts in which I’d been wandering for so long.

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