Pale Wire (Popscene)

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Namesakes


"Literature is invention." "Finally, and above all, a great writer is always a great enchanter."

This afternoon I finished rereading Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire. One hell of a novel.

I. And a fun game too! If you've read it before you might to interested to learn that Fred Crawford, a professor at Central Michigan, thinks he's unraveled one of the text's mysteries: the location of the Zemblan crown jewels. Click here to read his theory.

II. If you go to the NYTimes Book Review's Life & Times: Nabokov page you can listen to realaudio streams of a live reading by the author recorded way back in 1964. And you can click here to read the review PF garnered from the NYTBR when it was released in 1962.

III. It's sad that PF doesn't get as much attention as Lolita (See: CNN's Nabokov tribute page seems to discuss nothing but). Don't get me wrong, Lolita is ab-fab, but unfortunately its literary celebrity has overshadowed the rest of Vlad's work.

(edit: be careful. the amazon review of PF gives away the ending)