Nicholson Baker Sings!
August 24, 2012 9:04 AM   Subscribe

Nicholson Baker has recorded a protest song.

The South Korean government is constructing a naval base on Jeju Island, off the southern part of the Korean peninsula. Its close proximity to China and Japan makes it a strategic location, to the detriment of its residents, most of whom oppose the base. A protest movement seeks to halt construction. Baker, author of fiction and nonfiction books such as The Mezzanine, Vox, and Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, wrote "Jeju Island Song" in support of the protest.

Nicholson Baker studied briefly at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and has performed as a substitute bassoonist with the Rochester Philharmonic, but this is his first publicly released song.
posted by El Sabor Asiatico (7 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The lyrics make no reference to doing anything unseemly to anyones' Malcolm Gladwell. I'm not sure if that's a criticism or not.

His rhythmic wordiness, however, persists. I do love this inscrutable weirdo.
posted by abulafa at 9:26 AM on August 24, 2012

Does the song contain a sexually-charged fermata?
posted by infinitewindow at 9:30 AM on August 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

Does the song contain a sexually-charged fermata?

Apparently not. did I end up on all fours?!
posted by O Blitiri at 9:41 AM on August 24, 2012 [4 favorites]

I like the song but I'm really looking forward to the footnotes on the sheet music.
posted by Bromius at 10:06 AM on August 24, 2012 [4 favorites]

This is good, but I was hoping for a protest song about the destruction of library card catalogues.
posted by verstegan at 2:20 PM on August 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Nicholson Baker is an adorable and kind person who is in an eternal romance with life's and the world's minutiae. He really is. This sounds exactly like something he would write, because he did.
posted by Miko at 8:47 PM on August 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Mezzanine = lifetime pass. The ending of that book still makes me feel so triumphant. And the escalators described as integral signs. I just love that book.
posted by jcruelty at 11:38 PM on August 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

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