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Vladimir Nabokov

Thug Notes Talks 'Lolita': 'I Hope You Like R. Kelly'

Posted 01.28.2014 | Comedy

"Man, this nasty, y'all." And so, Sparky Sweets, PhD sums up what happens between Humbert Humbert and his forbidden love Lolita... but Sweets doesn...

Open Letter to the Ghost of Lou Reed

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Davis Schneiderman

The Andy Warhol banana on the cover was not the picture of a banana, but the negation of a banana, and the nail-scratch violin of "The Black Angel's Death Song," with you as Bob Dylan, if Bob-Dylan-were-Donovan, was not pop at its most cynical, but pop at its most inimical.

Martin Gardner -- The Best Friend Mathematics Ever Had

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Colm Mulcahy

What do L. Ron Hubbard, H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, Lord Dunsany, Alice in Wonderland, M.C. Escher, John H. Conway, Roger Penrose and Oprah Winfrey have in common? The same thing as Isaac Asimov, Vladimir Nabokov, and Salvador Dali.

Sex, Violence and Devils: Ten Books That Shocked the World

Sara Nelson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Sara Nelson

While it may seem tame by today's standards, D.H. Lawrence's classic tale of a gamekeeper and a Lady was so outrageous on the topics of sex and class that it wasn't allowed to be published legally in this country until 1959, 30 years after it first surfaced in Europe.

The Immigrant's Paradox

Daniel Maidman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Some of the most quintessential depictions of the American land and people arise from a particular eye: the eye of the outsider, who can see the boundaries of Americanness invisible to the native-born.

On the Road With Humbert and Lolita, 60 Years Later

Landon Jones | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
Landon Jones

Imagine if Humbert and Lolita were to return to the road again in 2013. What has changed since then on the American landscape? What might that tell us about whom we have become?

What To Do If Your Ex Moves On With A Younger, Hotter Version Of You

Stacey Nelkin | Posted 01.25.2013 | Divorce
Stacey Nelkin

Breaking up is painful, stressful, and all-consuming. But for many, the real torture comes after you've somewhat recovered and you find out that your ex has a new love in his life

Read Up!

Christopher Carter Sanderson | Posted 01.25.2013 | Books
Christopher Carter Sanderson

What's key about communicating is the formation of meaning. And that doesn't happen on the page. It happens in the mind of the reader. That's who you have to care about, and that's where you do your work as a writer.

If Famous Authors Wrote Cosmo Sex Tips

McSweeney's | Posted 10.02.2012 | Women

William Shakespeare Ladyes, thou dost little know the height of his love When thou garbs’t thyself the morning after In his manly apparel Whic...

Rare Nabokov Story Found

Posted 08.02.2012 | Books

The Times Literary Supplement has unearthed a rare story by Vladimir Nabokov, the author of "Lolita," "Pale Fire" and other poetic classics. Titled "B...

Gothic Lolitas by Dolldelight (PHOTOS)

Tanja M. Laden | Posted 06.28.2012 | Style
Tanja M. Laden

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Know These Books

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Lists are arbitrary. No formula can rank James Joyce over Vladimir Nabokov, or Edith Wharton over Jane Austen. The intellectual knows it's most important to try and read all those great novels.

Cast LOL and Emoticons From Your Lexicon

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 07.23.2012 | Comedy
Nick Kolakowski

There is a very special place in hell reserved for whoever created the emoticon. Nor can we blame the scourge solely on text messaging and e-mail: as far back as the 19th century.

Nabokov, Garcia Marquez "Justify Paedophilia" Says Russian Church

AP | By MANSUR MIROVALEV | Posted 11.30.2011 | Books

MOSCOW -- A senior Russian Orthodox official claimed Wednesday that novels by Vladimir Nabokov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez justify pedophilia and said ...

Five Books That Blew Our Minds, 1955-1975

Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

At first glance, these books have very little in common -- a racially-charged tome and one of the most praised linguistic publications in history, a "...

The Weirdest Writing Habits Of Famous Authors

Posted 09.12.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire: It's an old topic but it always manages to be interesting -- what did the authors we love do in order to write what they did? Beyo...

The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In History

flavorwire.com | Posted 08.20.2011 | Books

Sigh. Authors just don’t insult each other like they used to. Sure, Martin Amis raised some eyebrows when he claimed he would need brain damage to w...

Who Is Jack Ryan?

Tamsin Smith | Posted 07.26.2011 | Books
Tamsin Smith

In terms of memorable opening lines, I'm not sure any author can top Vladimir Nabokov in Lolita for pure poetry and mind-bending eroticism, but Naboko...

Happy Mother's Day: Psycho Moms In Literature

Amy Wilson | Posted 07.06.2011 | Books
Amy Wilson

As compared to the mommies dearest in these pages, almost any woman can feel like Mother of the Year. A frisson of schadenfreude might be preferable to a entire bouquet of roses.

WATCH: Vladimir Nabokov Marvels Over Different “Lolita” Book Covers

Open Culture | In Books, Literature | May 2nd, 2011 View Comments | Posted 07.03.2011 | Books

In this short excerpt from a TV program called “USA: The Novel,” Vladimir Nabokov comments on different foreign editions of his novel Lolita. ...

Gregory Beyer

Death Becomes Them: The Imperfect Art of Posthumous Publishing

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

When an author dies, what happens to his unfinished manuscripts? From Max Brod’s famous refusal to burn the papers left behind by his friend Franz K...

Cure Baldness, Kill Literature?

newyorker.com | Posted by Ian Crouch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Eryn Green writes this week at Esquire about research regarding stem cells and male pattern baldness, pointing to a recent study from the University o...

Tasting the Universe

Maureen Seaberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Maureen Seaberg

I don't know when the colors began. They've always been with me, like the beat of my own heart or the sound of my own breath.

Dirty Old (Literary) Men: Writing's Filthiest Perverted Geniuses

flavorwire.com | Nina MacLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There has been a lot of talk about books and sex in this space lately, and it's not just because of yesterday's holiday. Anyone who has taken English ...

Nabokov's Other Gift

Tamsin Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

There is so much in ourselves and in others that we must take on faith. Memories, hopes, illusions, these are all bound up in perception. Nabokov shows us that what is "real" is partially made, partially known, and partially a blessed mystery.