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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
11:00 am

Hi, I can't write to save my life (the only kind I've been paid to do is criticism) but I have a very Nabokovian obsession with editing, and his synthesis of academia and aestheticism gives me hope.

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Sunday, January 10th, 2010
10:50 pm - Blogging, yes?


I started a general nabokov blog. If anyone has any suggestions of ways I could make this a bigger enterprise,a better one, or something I should know about and share, please let me know.

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
2:18 pm - "As if a hand had come out and taken mine."

Natalia Antonova writes a piece on "Lolita" as prism through which she sees her own past. It's incredibly moving: His Sin, Her Soul.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
9:56 am - The Original of Laura

Did anyone else buy it today? Do you have plans to buy it and read it? A friend gave the book to me for my birthday, and it was delivered this morning. I have not had the opportunity to look at the book in detail, but so far I'm impressed with the lovely reproductions of note cards.

It must have been very difficult for Dmitri to decide to publish his father's last work, and it goes against the wishes of VN himself. However, I am grateful to have this example of his writing method.

The book is beautiful, too. The dust jacket on the hardcover version features text that fades from left to right. The cover under the dust jacket is of graph paper with handwritten notes. And the index cards are featured with scans of front and back, as well as transcriptions of what is on each card.

So, tell me: are you purchasing, or do you plan to check out from a library at some point in the future, "The Original of Laura"? Are you abstaining from reading it due to moral objections? Are you curious?

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Monday, October 19th, 2009
6:13 pm - Interview

A few days ago I found an old Nabokov interview, maybe someone will be interested and hopefully this hasn't been posted before. I haven't watched the whole thing yet but in part 3 Nabokov talks about the several different covers of Lolita and a list of things he detests...

Here's the link: The Puget News

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
1:28 am

In my Nabokov class, someone played a 25 minute mp3 of Nabokov reading the final confrontation between Humbert and Quilty from Lolita. I was wondering if this is part of an audiobook or just where I could get a copy of it myself? I just keep finding bits and pieces from the Jeremy Irons audiobook.

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Sunday, November 9th, 2008
11:03 am - "Dar"

I am desperately searching for Nabokov's "Dar" / "The Gift" in English translation. Is there an online version? Thank you!

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Saturday, November 8th, 2008
9:09 pm - Lilith

I've recently been searching for Nabokov's poem "Lilith," which inspired Lolita.  Does anyone know where I can find the text?

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Friday, October 24th, 2008
5:03 pm

For some reason, the girl playing the violin in this video made me think of Ada, and what she would look like at that age. It's fun to imagine she's Ada, silly of course, but I figured if there were people who could appreciate it, they might be reading this, here in this group. And I wonder if other people find themselves doing similar things, unintentionally (or intentionally) finding their favorite characters "embodied"---I also wonder if you agree and could see Ada looking like this, or not. At first I thought it would be fun to imagine the boy as Van, too, but I'm not sure about that---there's something in the way she seems to watch him that seems Ada-like (in the way she might watch Van*), but, I'd imagine Van taller, and with a more cropped hair cut. In any event, for fun, the video:

*Amendment: I think, after all, she may just be looking at the music, not the boy playing bass. But then there might be a certain bored competence in her that reminded me of Ada, a superlative-something or other, ill-met by less-than-inspiring and incompetent peers/teachers.**

**Amendment: I know, wasting time thinking about this. But what the hell.

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Sunday, June 15th, 2008
7:35 pm

I'm sorry, this is not jibberish, but

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So I figured I'd try and couldn't think of a better place to see if it will work.

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
9:46 pm - NPR's Take

NPR Interview with Dmitri

All Things Considered, April 30, 2008 · Vladimir Nabokov's final work — an unfinished manuscript scholars call The Original of Laura — was meant to be destroyed 30 years ago. When Nabokov died in 1977, he left instructions for his heirs to burn the 138 handwritten index cards that made up the rough draft.

But Nabokov's wife, Vera, couldn't bear to destroy her husband's last work, and when she died, the fate of the manuscript fell to her son. Dmitri Nabokov, now 73, is the Russian novelist's only surviving heir. He says he inherited the problem of whether to honor his father's wishes or save the literary master's last written words for posterity.

Dmitri, who translated many of his father's novels and short stories, says he never planned to destroy the manuscript — "I wouldn't have wanted to go down in history as a literary arsonist," he says — the question was really how to preserve it.

Dmitri says he could have stored it away, where it would have inevitably been discovered, or he could publish it now and "present this wonderful gift to the public" while he is still alive.

"My father was running the last yards of a 100-yard — or 100-card — dash to achieve this work before he died…" Nabokov says. "Until the last moments, practically, he was writing in his hospital bed."

Dmitri says the only reason that his father did not want the manuscript published was because it was not quite complete. "He did not want unfinished bits trailing behind him after his death," Nabokov recalls.

But after 30 years of grappling with the decision, Nabokov has announced his plans to publish the novel.

"I came to the very clear conclusion," Nabokov says, "imagining my father, with a wry smile, in a calmer and happier moment, saying, 'Well you're in a real mess here — go ahead and publish. Have some fun.'"

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12:27 am - revenge

Can anyone think of any of Nabokov's novels or short stories that deal with the theme of revenge?

I've thought of Humbert's revenge in Lolita, but beyond that I'm not so sure.

Thanks for anything you can think up!

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
12:59 pm - Laura to be published

Dimitri finally decides to publish VN's last book.

And happy birthday to our good old writer! 

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Sunday, March 9th, 2008
7:15 pm - For Nabokov Lovers: Fictioncircus.com is now accepting submissions.

Fictioncircus.com, a new literary magazine, is looking for a few good short stories from a few good writers. We are a group of writers influenced by Nabokov among his contemporaries, and we are interested in your creative fiction.

If you were a storyteller in the old days, you could shake down a town for a meal and a bed with the power of your storytelling. We want to bring back the power of storytelling, to take it back from the McSweeney's cult of light whimsy and printing tricks. We want your stories to be a part of that effort, if you think your stories are good enough to shake down a town for a meal and a bed.

If you think that--or if you think you can trick us or something because you're a really smart graduate student who's read White Noise like, TWICE--then take a look at our site at http://fictioncircus.com. If you think your work would fit well with us, then by all means send it. Submission procedures and guidelines can be found at http://fictioncircus.com/submissions.php.

The inevitable bad news: we can't afford to pay you. But you will have your story and whatever information you want to provide up on our site for as long as you want it to be there. We're working on building enough revenue to pay writers, and as soon as we can do that we'll definitely remember everyone we've published.

We are NOT looking for people to write articles for the site at this time. We are ONLY looking for fiction.

So if you write fiction, get it to us, punks!

- Stephen Future

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Friday, February 22nd, 2008
2:43 pm - Lolita poster


Sadly I have only read Lolita from Nabokov, I will soon read more of his works soon though. But, I loved Lolita and when I saw this on Urban Outfitters (I think it will show Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at first but change the 'color' on the right side of the picture to see Lolita) I thought it was gorgeous and was about to buy it but I saw how much it was...$78! Anyways to make this as short as possible, I was wondering if any of you has a high quality picture of that exact cover, so I can just print it out myself to have on my wall.

Thanks in advance :)

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008
8:02 pm - And, on Laura's front...


What do you think should be done?

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Sunday, November 25th, 2007
6:08 pm - Let's talk about your first time with Lolita.

I'm just getting down to reading Boyd's Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (after taking a half year or more off reading V.N.-related works), which got me to thinking back on this community and some of the discussions I've read and participated in here. It's wonderful to have a scholarly community devoted to my favorite author. I'm somewhat curious as to what got everyone into Nabokov, but figure that most U.S. and English-speaking readers were first introduced to him via Lolita (I cannot conjecture about all readers).

Poll #1094799 Why did you first read Lolita?

If you have read Lolita, what made you read it for the first time?

The book is famous or considered a classic.
I had read other Nabokov books/short stories first, and this was a natural progression.
I heard it was supposed to be dirty.
I saw a movie version and then wanted to read the book.
Someone I know urged me to read it.
It was required reading for school.
The subject matter interested me.
The subject matter interested me due to my personal experience.
Other, which I will explain in a comment below.

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Thursday, June 21st, 2007
10:42 am

Народ помогите пожалуйста, я больше не знаю, что с этим делать.
ребенку 2 года и 6 месяцев. Ребенок все знает про горшок. отлично туда ходит по-маленькому, категорически не хочет по-большому.
мне надо срочно научить ее (через неделю летний лагерь). понимает все.
"фу, я очень недовольна, опять покакала в штаны, фу, фу, очень плохо"-произносит регулярно, искренне возмущается своим плохим поведением.
ругает кукол и обезьян за то, что покакали в штаны.
результаты нулевые. я в полном прифигении. она мой второй ребенок, с первой никаких таких проблем не было.
напишите, что мне с ней делать. выкинуть и родить следующую уже не получится.
мы уже полюбили эту, хоть она и не слушается ни фига.

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Thursday, May 31st, 2007
2:23 pm - came across this on youtube


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Friday, April 27th, 2007
8:11 am - Ada, or Ardor

I have been trying to read Ada for probably a few years now between the picking up and putting down of the book. I've finally managed to really plow through the thing this time, and am close to being finished. Still, I'm finding the book very difficult to read. It's as though I have dig through so much top layer just to get to the true, and very engrossing love story bewteen Van and Ada.

Has anyone else had difficulty getting through this one?

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