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June 27, 2007


Lolita_goth El Señor Nabokov on French Television with Spanish subtitles. (From Achtung Baby!)

How to Be a Gothic Lolita. Gothic Lolita or "GothLoli" (ゴスロリ, gosurori) is a subcategory of the Lolita fashion, a street fashion among Japanese female teenagers

Christopher Plummer as Nabokov lecturing on Kafka’s Metamorphosis (1989)

Forget Lolita - let's hear it for lepidoptery

The tale: an ape in a zoo is taught how to draw. The first thing it draws is the bars of its cage. I've heard this story a couple of times (often in connection with Vladimir Nabokov), but can't find any information about the original experiment. Did this actually happen? Is it just a fable? Did Nabokov get Punk'd? Who was this ape and where can I find out more?

/// A Huge Depository of Unusual Nabokov Links Here

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July 10, 2006

L'Affaire Lolita

Lolita_hayes “Here's the person I want. Hullo, person! Doesn't hear me”. Read Nabokov's novella Transparent things on line

2 NPR stories on Lolita turning 50

Also, The seduction. At 50, Nabokov's 'Lolita' still seduced - and disturbs

Nabokov statue in Montreux. On the cover of Time magazine, May 23, 1969

The Nabokov Museum in St.Petersburg

Vladimir Nabokov, Lepidopterist

The Art of Fiction. The 1967 Paris Review by Herbert Gold. (From Achtung Baby)

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June 25, 2005

Where are you hiding, Dolores Haze?

Lolita_1Wanted, wanted: Dolores Haze.
Hair: brown. Lips: scarlet.
Age: five thousand three hundred days.
Profession: none, or "starlet"
Where are you hiding, Dolores Haze?
Why are you hiding, darling?
(I Talk in a daze, I walk in a maze
I cannot get out, said the starling).
Where are you riding, Dolores Haze?
What make is the magic carpet?
Is a Cream Cougar the present craze?
And where are you parked, my car pet?
Who is your hero, Dolores Haze?
Nabokov reads from "Lolita"

More from Luna: "I said: July was hot"

Welcome to the world of Ghyll - Like an interactive game of Pale Fire! (From Gamegrene, for a-typical gamers)

Nabokov with Prof. Elizabeth Beaujour

Audio Interview with Dimitri Nobokov about his father and his father's novels. From Don Swaim's CBS Radio show, Book Beat

How to Make A Butterfly Collection

Ada Online with annotations by Brian Boyd

Many More Unusual Vladimir Nabokov Links Here

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January 22, 2005

“I was the shadow of the waxwing slain”

Nabokov_david_levine “Nabokov Theme” Chess move

Nabokov postcards and paperback cover art

The deliciously precocious "Olsen Twins" recently sat down with Star Talk host Humbert Humbert to dish about the price of fame, the creative process, and the elusive nature of Man

“Medium-sized index card bearing portion of ms. poem by John Shade. One of the most important American poets of his generation; second in skill, perhaps, only to his great contemporary Robert Frost, John Shade did not live to see this work, his final masterpiece, in print. He had just completed the fair copy when he was murdered, on July 21, 1959, by one Jack de Grey or Degree, a mental patient (an escapee from the Institute for the Criminally Insane) who mistook him for the Judge Goldsworthy who had condemned Grey to prison…” Many other curious items from the collection at the Subtly-Askew Museum!

What is Pale Fire? (It’s also my favorite Nabokov book)

A Portrait of a young Vladimir Nabokov by Harumi Maekawa

Saint Petersburg of Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokovilia is a collection of quotes by writers who have snuck references to Nabokov and things Nabokovian into their work

Michael Chabon’s Talk delivered at the Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg, 1 June 2000

Alvin Toffler’s Playboy interview with Nabokov. (1963. From Nabokov Interviews. Scroll down for English, unless you read Russian)

Many More Unusual Vladimir Nabokov Links Here

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June 28, 2004

"Less Is Best, Mr. Nabokov"

Lolita_playing_1In April I submitted Vladimir Nabokov's short story "Torpid Smoke" to seven online manuscript evaluation services. Other than changing the title to "Russian Smoke" and Nabokov's name to Jonathan Shade, I left the piece unaltered. My online editors had some praise for the story, but also some suggestions on how to improve it. They each charged between three and fifteen dollars for their services…

Did Nabokov Plagiarized Lolita?

27.000 Miles through 48 States – On the road with kubrick’s 1964 version and with Adrian Lyne’s 1997 version. (Very slow downloads, but worth the wait. From The Lolita Chronology). Also the Magic Finger scene here.

A clip of James Mason sees Lolita for the first time in the garden, and James Mason reads the opening lines of the story

First American Review of “Lolita” from September 1958

Lolita, the opera

Lolita Foreward

Nabokov's Passion for Butterflies and Nabokov as Translator

Hitchcock and Nabokov

(The reason I find the still-photo above of interest is, naturally, because it's in color, while Kubrick's film was in black & white). More Unusual Nabokov Links Here

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February 09, 2004

More wonderful Nabokov Links:

Vladimir_nabokov The Nabokov Quiz ! , Trivia Pursuit from “The Barcelona Review”…

Nabokov Under Glass , maps & Timelines.

CNN’s "Beyond Lolita" , with a great section on "Butterflies Drawn by Nabokov".

Thank you, CitrusMoon! More Unusual Nabokov Links Here

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February 08, 2004

Vladimir Nabokov

Butterfly_1Zembla - A site devoted to the life & works of Vladimir Nabokov.

Is there a real book called Nabokov? "The book is quite interesting. Unfortunately it is not real..."

Meet Lolita - Too busy for Cliff's Notes? Welcome to The PowerPoint Anthology of Literature: Great books distilled to their essence and presented in the most efficient form of communication ever devised- (From Daniel Radosh's PowerPoint Anthology).

Nabokovilia is a haphazard collection of quotes by writers who have snuck references to Nabokov and things Nabokovian into their work.

Nabokov's Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius, and A Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies and Moths, by Dieter E. Zimmer. Also, the old Butterfly Alphabet .

Japanese family crests based on butterflies.

Our Complete Collection of Nabokov Links Here

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