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A generally delightful anthology, 4. Dezember 1999
This book is a collection of several essays written by Baker at various times. These essays take the reader into a deep spiral of semantical minutiae. This is entertaining, despite Baker's apparent fascination for his own cleverness, but doesn't lead anywhere in particular. We learn of the history of punctuation, and of toenail clippers. It's interesting trivia that answers questions that probably would never have entered your mind. The exception to this is his essay on library card catalogs, which makes a very important and painful point. A large portion of the book is an intricate masterpiece of research about the use of the concept of mental lumber. While it is clever in countless ways, it's not very readable and is of questionable interest. If you do decide to skip it after reading the first couple pages (and that's ok,) be sure to skim to the section where he reviews CD-ROMS containing old century texts by listening to them in a CD player.