NABOKV-L post 0008986, Fri, 5 Dec 2003 17:42:30 -0800

Fw: my first time
my first time
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From: Carolyn Kunin
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 11:57 AM
Subject: my first time

Imagine -- the very middle of the '60s and I'm stuck in high school. But once a week a radio program ('the Radio Free University of the Air' I think it was called) used to keep me from insanity. One evening I was introduced to Pnin -- love at first hearing. The next morning I had to explain to my family what was so funny that I was laughing out loud at one o'clock in the morning. I think it was Pnin driving a car, or perhaps Pnin enjoying his laundry.

I quickly progressed to Lolita and was lost to any other American contemporary writer.

EDNOTE. I can't recall for sure but I think my first time was LOlita in the late fifties. I recall buying my father a birthday _Pnin_ since Pnin reminded me of my first Russian teacher--a volume I later inherited. My father always wrote the date at the end of any book he read, so that was December 1957. The third was _Invitation to a Beaheading_ which, after LOLITA, I found disappointing although, many years later, I found it to be technically far more glittering than LO.