Notes on The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

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Straws floating out of drinks

Accepting bags from cashiers

Embarrassing purchases

Private errands and plastic bags as symbols

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Shoelace breakage

Mastering show tying was first step of growth

Shoe knot just illusion and pyramid scheme

Making own advances on techniques

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Brushing tongue as well as teeth big advance

Applying deodorant after getting dressed

Simultaneous pending transactions around the world

Rubber stamp with return address

Getting the world to do things for u

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Fine ties

Why shoe laces fray

Coworker conversations

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Childhood pleasures as adult pleasures

Escalators

Sandwiches

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Changes of external world through life

History of library books

Milk cartons vs bottles

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What was the moment had first adult thought which didn't have as a kid

Processing dry cleaning

Minutiae of life

Possible to put on deodorant after already put on shirt

Discovery of how to invert shirt inside out

Diagonal toast cutting

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Constant number of new thoughts daily

Not introduced to yet ppl in office

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Corporate bathrooms

Miracles of mechanical engineering

Beauty of perforations in TP

Perforations for clean separation between parts of life

Beauty of elevator technology

Vending machines

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Peeing next to coworkers

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An honor to use good paper towels

Silliness of business card purchases for new employees

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Popcorn

Ear plugs

Really hearing the world

Varying efficiency of cashiers

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Reading philosophy

Footnotes on footnotes

Aurelius meditations

Practice philosophy on the scant raw materials of your life

Periodicity of certain thought reoccurring per year

Most frequent recurring thoughts probably the most bland ones

Comparing these Periodicity charts with others

Someone out in world dedicating life to some detail of our lives

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