Magazine
Latest Issue

Book review: Travelling Sprinkler by Nicholson Baker

By Laura Marsh   July 2014

In his tenth novel, Travelling Sprinkler, Nicholson Baker revisits Paul Chowder, the central character from his 2009 novel, The Anthologist. A poet in his mid-fifties, Chowder has lost his way and wants his ex-girlfriend Roz back. He has abandoned “difficult” poems for pop music, laying down tracks on synth software in his barn. When he isn’t writing songs, Chowder indulges in all the low-level addictive behaviours technology can offer. He is a YouTube autodidact, an intensive curator of his iTunes library and a close-reader of tobacco reviews on a website…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect