Monday, July 10, 2006


I haven't read Nabokov's Pnin since college days; what a delightful book! About ninety percent of the story and tactics had been erased from my memory, so it was like reading a new, undiscovered Nabokov. So much magic packed into less than 150 pages!

One doesn't think of Nabokov as a New Yorker, but he did live in the city briefly, as this passage points out:

"He and I turned out to be, as he quipped, vos'midesyatniki (men of the Eighties), that is, we both happened to have lodgings for the night in the West Eighties . . . "

Possible project: I will track down VN's old address and snap a photo of it—and post that photo here!

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I've written a short review of a fun novel, James P. Othmer's The Futurist.


Blogger james Othmer said...

Thanks for the smart, fun take on The Futurist. Just hope I haven't cleverly planned my own obsolescence. By the way, I reread Pnin last fall and liked it more than ever. Cheers.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hi James—thanks for writing! So many good (and hilarious) things in The Futurist—I was sorry I didn't have more space to quote from it at length in the review.

No need to worry about obsolescence: Twenty years hence, a team of international scholars will produce a comprehensive annotated edition.

12:35 PM  
Blogger james Othmer said...

Exactly what I needed to hear as the book buzz slips to a book zzz, with the bulk (4 of a grand total of 6) fan mails coming from angry, humorless futurists.

Soulless, self-absorbed former ad guy that I am, I was not aware of 826NYC, but thanks to your very cool blog I've been enlightened and plan on contacting them. Perhaps they need an extra usher for the 8/23 event at the Beacon.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Not sure if you'll see this, as the "Pnice!" post gets bumped off the main page of the blog —

I'm depressed that only 6 missives have come your way — I've recommended the book to several people now (three, as a matter of fact), and will wait a few weeks before urging them to send you fan mail.

11:02 PM  

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