Books: No Yucky Parts

Nicholson Baker shuns high porn for girl talk

If Nicholson Baker's The Everlasting Story of Nory (Random House; 226 pages; $22) gets anywhere near a best-seller list, it will have something to do with the everlasting story of Monica, which by now would have been remaindered were it not for the everlasting investigation of Kenneth. Vox, Baker's 1992 best seller about phone sex, was rumored to have been a gift by Lewinsky to the President. Starr's effort to subpoena Washington-bookstore records had predictable results: the public was offended, and sales of Baker's alleged fly opener rose 200%.

Nory will disappoint the prurient. Baker has set aside his facility for...

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