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The act of noticing

Note: I’m on vacation this week, so I’ll be republishing a few of my favorite posts from earlier in this blog’s run. This post originally appeared, in a slightly different form, on September 24, 2014. 889 more words


Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Element Value Value Standard dc.title Lolita dc.creator Nabokov, Vladimir, 1869-1922 dc.subject Pedophilia LCSH dc.description A middle-aged professor becomes sexually obsessed with a twelve-year-old girl. dc.publisher… 163 more words

Writer's Desk: Pay Attention, Damnit

According to possibly (but let’s hope not) apocryphal story, the great Vladimir Nabokov—born this week in 1899—once gave the following advice to a writing student… 146 more words



“All my best words are deserters and do not answer the trumpet call, and the remainder are cripples.”
— Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading…

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Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov) book, fiction

A man old enough to be her father falls in love with a 12-year old girl.

… it’s better than I expected. I have so many of my own books I have to read but last time I went to the library they had surprise books. 136 more words


Nabokov on a Yellow Post-It (c)

I found a square of paper

A golden-yellow Rhombus

The sticky quadrilateral

The blank parallelogram

Calling to be filled. A Post-It

Like a bright-yellow net for… 256 more words


April 23 in history

215 BC A temple was built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycinato commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.

1014 Battle of Clontarf… 642 more words