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    1. Nabokov’s America

      The New YorkerJun 30 01:21 PM

      On February 3, 1954, Vladimir Nabokov wrote to James Laughlin, the founder of New Directions, “Would you be interested in publishing a timebomb that I have just finished putting together? It is a novel of 459 typewritten pages.” The novel was “Lolita,” the tale of a middle-aged pedophile’s sexual exploitation of a twelve-year-old girl, and Nabokov’s description proved accurate. The book would ...

    2. Reading Is Forgetting

      New York Review of BooksJun 26 02:43 PM

      Tim Parks Vladimir Nabokov tells us, “One cannot read a book: one can only reread it.” Only on a third or fourth reading, he claims, do we start behaving toward a book as we would toward a painting, holding it all in the mind at once. He does not mention forgetting, but it’s clear that this is what he is largely talking about.

    3. Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita by Robert Roper, Bloomsbury, 368 pages ($28). “I am as American as April in Arizona” was how Vladimir Nabokov described himself to Herbert Gold and George Plimpton in their 1967 Paris Review interview with him.

    4. Happy 116th birthday to Susannah Mushatt Jones—Tee (short for Auntie) to her 100 nieces and nephews, Miss Susie to her friends—who was born on July 6, 1899, the same year Queens and Staten Island joined New York City. She'd be a few months younger than Vladimir Nabokov, and a few days older than E.B. White, if either of those men had been so lucky. [ more › ]

    5. “The Whistler” was a popular radio show that became an equally popular film series in the 1940s, and some of...

    6. Columbia students are calling for more input in their required reading, since much of the literature included in the current syllabi contains violent sexual acts that some might consider upsetting. Ovid’s Metamorphoses has been canned. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is on the chopping block. This is unfortunate, especially because the students—or, at least, some of those represented in an article by...

    7. 100 biographies to love

      The Sunday TimesJun 20 01:57 PM

      The Life of Samuel Johnson James Boswell Witty but kindly, brilliantly coloured but subtle, this is a deservedly beloved biography (chosen by more contributors than any other). You feel you’re right beside Johnson in the smoky swirl of an 18th-century coffee shop, and there’s no finer place to be.

    8. Which books didn't change your life?

      The GuardianJun 29 08:45 AM

      Ursula Le Guin has cited bestselling ideologue Ayn Rand as a writer who had no influence on her at all. Share the books that have failed to rock your world below Whether she’s weighing into Amazon or defending fantasy against the slights of literary novelists, Ursula Le Guin is always good value. This month on her blog , a request for a list of her top 50 books led to a meditation on the books ...

    9. The site Literary Hub has asked writers and editors from around the world to list the quintessential American titles. Here’s what they came up with – do you agree? What is American fiction? Actually, what is America? The answer to that is probably very different within the United States and outside. Asking yourself how others see you is a healthy exercise for any culture, and US books site ...

    10. Anastasiya Chistyakova / Nochniye Snaipery: a classic rock band with singer Diana Arbenina folk rock. YotaSpace. Far From the Madding Crowd (2015): This British romantic drama, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple, is the fourth adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel about an independent and ...

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