NABOKV-L post 0015618, Mon, 29 Oct 2007 23:31:34 -0400

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Nabokov and Mrs lie near one end of a huge and fruity range of
human conditions . . .
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[EDNOTE. Sandy Klein sends this link to a teasing reference to VN in homage to Oliver Sacks, which recently appeared in an article by Gerard McBurney in The New Statesman. -- SES]

The day after finishing Oliver Sacks's new collection of bonnes bouches from the neurological kitchen, I had a letter from one of our leading poets, Kathleen Jamie:
This chimes exactly with Sacks's description of the condition of "amusia". He quotes Vladi mir Nabokov:
Sacks introduces us to Mrs , who throughout her life has found music meaningless and intolerable. At last she has contacted one of Sacks's colleagues, by whom
Jamie, Nabokov and Mrs lie near one end of a huge and fruity range of human conditions spread out for our delectation. Somewhere near the other end are those who have never previously shown any interest in music but who, when their brain has been damaged by a motor accident, a stroke and, in one case, a lightning bolt, suddenly discover astonishing musical powers and even reinvent themselves as performers and composers. [ ... ]

http://www.newstatesman.com/200710250050

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