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"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) - book review

Lo-lo-Lolita, eureka. Couldn’t believe it when got to the Tick That Box on this one. Must have picked it up and put it down half a dozen times in as many years. 375 more words


the refuge of art

“I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita


a pleasant diaphragmal melting

“The road now stretched across open country, and it occurred to me—not by way of protest, not as a symbol, or anything like that, but merely as a novel experience— that since I had disregarded all laws of humanity, I might as well disregard the rules of traffic. 118 more words


Pale beauty

“But,” said Marina, “how can one act out ‘radiant,’ what does radiant beauty mean?”
“Pale beauty,” said Pedro helpfully, glancing up at Ada as she passed by, “the beauty for which many men would cut off their members.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada


Orson Welles on Hemingway on Parkinson (1974)

On May 18, 2015, Sadie Stein of The Paris Review wrote a short piece about the great American director Orson Welles waxing lyrical about his odd ‘friendship’ (and rivalry) with great American author Ernest Hemingway (there’s also a mention of great Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov) on Michael Parkinson’s show.  6 more words

chatting and chinking ice

“I found there a number of people who apparently had just arrived and were cheerfully drinking Quilty’s liquor. There was a fat man in an easy chair; and two dark-haired pale young beauties, sisters no doubt, big one and small one (almost a child), demurely sat side by side on a davenport. 32 more words


the art of writing and reading

“It’ll be a long time—a solid century, perhaps—till I am appreciated at my worth. That is, if the art of writing and reading is not quite forgotten by then; and I am afraid it is being rather thoroughly forgotten this last half century, in Germany.” 6 more words