Michael Agger, Meghan O'Rourke, and Troy Patterson discuss The Anthologist.

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Oct. 19 2009 9:25 AM

The Audio Book Club on Nicholson Baker

Our critics discuss The Anthologist.

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The Anthologist

This month, the Audio Book Club tackles Nicholson Baker's new novel, The Anthologist. It concerns Paul Chower, a middle-aged writer living in Portsmouth, N.H., who's trying to finish an introduction for a poetry anthology that extols the virtues of rhyme. Readers of literary magazines will take special interest in this novel, which references many contemporary poets and critics. But Chowder's musings on poetics, writer's block, and the writing life should entertain the general reader, too.

Slate's Audio Book Club now comes to you on the third Monday of every month. Our selection for November is the Library of America edition of Raymond Carver's short stories. (We'll be discussing one or two stories in particular.) Look for our discussion on iTunes or on the Slatehomepage on Monday, Nov. 16.

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Michael Agger is an editor at The New Yorker. Follow him on Twitter.

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

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