I. Could this really be Dmitri Nabokov's blog?! (Via Bookslut.)
II. A couple friends have sent me Ron Rosenbaum's piece in Slate on VN's unfinished The Original of Laura. Is RR becoming a shade...Kinbotean?
III. Cold where you are? Dig these quotes from Melville's White-Jacket, at Erasing: “In such weather any man could have undergone amputation with great ease, and helped take up the arteries himself.”
IV. "White-Jacket" would be a good name for a winter parka!
V. New New-York Ghost crept out yesterday! Make sure you write to Dr. Ring-a-Ding, the Ghost's new advice columnist. You won't be sorry. He knows all.
VI. Selfdivider posts some filthy baseball talk...circa 1890!
VII. I put up an author page at GoodReads! Good/bad idea? We shall see—
VIII. Dizzies trivia the other day: What novel has, like Talladega Nights, a Room 208? "bhadd" correctly responded TWUBC, i.e., Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. We move into the bonus round: I think he's alluding to a Room 208 in an earlier novel. Hint: American, ’60s, longish title.