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The back matter

“Annotation may seem a mindless and mechanical task,” Louis Menand wrote a few years ago in The New Yorker. “In fact, it calls both for superb fine-motor skills and for adherence to the most exiguous formal demands.” Like most other aspects of writing, it can be all these things at once: mindless… 1,129 more words


History of Literature #112 - The Novelist and the Witch-Doctor – Unpacking Nabokov’s Case Against Freud (with Joshua Ferris)

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“I admire Freud greatly,” the novelist Vladimir Nabokov once said, “as a  70 more words


No End to Reading

The problem is that novels, great novels–whatever that means–are excessive. Reading, by nature, is excessive. How is one ever done with reading? We never quite finish reading great fiction. 221 more words

Vladimir Nabokov

100 short stories:: story 96

story: Spring in Fialta 

author: Vladimir Nabokov

year: 1936 (English 1947)

where: Dubai,  Al Habtoor Polo Resort

note: sometimes on an ordinary day, you need to read a masterpiece… 79 more words

100 Days 100 Short Stories Read Day One

Feminist Lens Literature: On Humbert Humbert and the Modern Day Rapist

To pick apart the fictional character Humbert Humbert, is in no way a reflection of my views of the author, Vladimir Nabokov, who I hold in very high regard as one of my favorite authors and one of the greatest writers of all time. 1,069 more words

Gender And Sexuality

Vladimir Nabokov's Complicated Relationship With Homosexuality

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. 651 more words

Gender And Sexuality

Nabokov: Pnin

Vladimir Nabokov
(Vintage, 1989)
191 p.

Nabokov began Pnin, a novel about a Russian professor emigrated to the United States, as he was in the final stages of writing Lolita. 970 more words