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And the Last Shall Be First

Francis Levy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Think about all auspicious personalities whose last names are typical first names. At the top of the list you have Anne Frank and Pope Francis. But th...

The PEN Ten with Mark Binelli

PEN American Center | Posted 09.02.2013 | Books
PEN American Center

I think writing didn't so much "inform" as "justify" my sense of identity, allowing me to freely indulge in certain antisocial tendencies (introversion, voyeurism, possibly unhealthy love of solitude) already present.

Everything Has a Name (or, How Gardening Made Me a Better Writer)

Celeste Ng | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Celeste Ng

Recently I read an anecdote about Nabokov: a student asked if he had any talent, and Nabokov pointed to the window and asked him to identify the tree outside. When the student came up blank, Nabokov dismissed him: "You'll never be a writer."

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...

Not Loving Like

John Brown | Posted 06.21.2012 | Entertainment
John Brown

"Like" is not only America's number one verb, it's, like, its most humongous verbal tic in our, like, most, like, likeable land.

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. ...

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...

Evgeni Nabokov Claimed Off Waivers By New York Islanders, Reportedly Not Happy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

His bid to return to the National Hockey League has been nothing but complex: Evgeni Nabokov was signed by the Detroit Red Wings yesterday, claimed by...

WATCH: Nabokov Love Letters To Be Published This Weekend

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Vladimir Nabokov, controversial author of "Lolita," left behind a legacy of over 300 letters to his beloved wife of 52-years, Vera. The Russian langua...

Unfilmable Books

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books and movies have gone hand-in-hand since Hollywood's very beginnings. Some of its greatest triumphs--"The Godfather," "Gone With The Wind," "The ...

Under The Influence

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Writing a book is usually a long, hair-pulling affair for the author. But in the end, only one name appears on the front of the book: their own. What...

No Time?

The Guardian | John Crace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lolita. Light of my life. Lo. Li. Ta Very Much. If you wonder where my peculiar interests came from, I should have to say it started when I was 13 wit...

Nobel Prize Snubs In Literature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has honored outstanding individuals in the fields of science, peace and literature with a medal, personal diploma, cas...

'Lolita'

theparisreview.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

When my dad gave me a stack of his old college paperbacks, I think the education he hoped to foster was aesthetic, not erotic. But one of the books wa...

'Harry Potter,' 'The Giver,' 'Lolita,' 'Howl'

Dan Wilbur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Wilbur

"Lolita," for instance, is now "Likable Rapists." It makes you think that perhaps these new titles are what censors out there really see.

Playboy's Most Scandalous Fiction: Palahniuk, Nabokov, Heller ... Roald Dahl!

Flavor Wire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Playboy playmates generally fit a consistent set of criteria, but the men's magazine is far more varied when it comes to its featured fiction. With an...

The Top 10 Most Expensive Rare Books Sold On AbeBooks This Month (PHOTOS)

Richard Davies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Davies

The list reflects what is treasured in the rare book world and will typically feature some of literature's most famous names alongside obscure authors and titles.

Nabokov Marginalia: Author Graded New Yorker Stories, Gave A+ Only To Salinger And Himself

The New Yorker | Ian Frazier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Nabokov was also a professor of literature, and in his copy of the New Yorker anthology he gave every story a letter grade. The way he wrote each grad...

Nabokov vs. Hemingway, Byron vs. Keats, Bronte vs. Austen: The 50 Best Best Author vs. Author Disses Of All Time

Examiner | Michelle Kerns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Yes, hell hath no fury like one author gleefully savaging another author's work. And, lucky for us, there's plenty to be had where that came from. ...

Top 10 Unreliable Narrators

The Guardian | Henry Sutton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Something strange happened to unreliable narrators in the mid-20th century: they became a little more reliably unreliable, and a lot nastier. In the l...

Vladimir Nabokov: Rare Photos Of The "Lolita" Author (PHOTOS)

LIFE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Vladimir Nabokov's never-finished novel, "The Original of Laura," has finally been published to great interest and excitement. In honor of the new pub...