The Texture of Time
November 14, 2008 11:33 AM Subscribe
Nabokov and the Moment of Truth.
VN talks about metaphors of time, great books, and reads the first line of Lolita
“I’ve been perplexed and amused by fabricated notions about so-called Great Books. That, for instance, Mann’s asinine Death in Venice
, or Pasternak’s melodramatic, vilely written Doctor Zhivago
, or Faulkner’s corncobby chronicles can be considered masterpieces, or at least what journalists term Great Books, is to me the same sort of absurd delusion as when a hypnotized person makes love to a chair.”