Q: Did you and Vladimir Nabokov know each other?
A: No, I never met him. I exchanged letters with his wife.
Q: Was that before or after Pale Fire?
A: I think that was after Pale Fire.
Q: How did you come to quote John Shade in The Ambidextrous Universe?
A: I read the book and I liked it… You know he mentions me in his book Ada. Did you know about that?
He was probably annoyed because when I quoted from the poem, I didn’t credit it to him, I credited it to his imaginary novelist [sic].
Q: But then he credited you as an invented philosopher--
A: And he misspelled my name! I don’t know if he did it on purpose or accidentally.
Q: So you didn’t know Nabokov personally, but did you have other literary fans?
A: Isaac Asimov was a fan, and I got to know him fairly well as a result.
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