NABOKV-L post 0018038, Tue, 24 Mar 2009 13:05:35 -0400

Nabokov & Facebook ...

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Facebook looks different? Just get over it, okay?


March 24, 2009

Vladimir Nabokov explained how he came to write Lolita; that his "shiver of inspiration" was "prompted by a newspaper story about an ape in the Jardin des Plantes, who, after months of coaxing by a scientist, produced the first drawing ever charcoaled by an animal: This sketch showed the bars of the poor creature's cage."

Reading the monsoon of text about Facebook's new look (a little bit Twitter, a little bit same old) this week, on the site itself and everywhere else, makes me wonder if we "social networkers" are quite a lot like this ape.

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For the paranoiacs among us, who keep the newswires hot with our discontent: We are the institution, the Man and a part of the problem.

So stop throwing bananas! And please add me as a friend, and I will send you a pirate or a donkey, unless you are that comic-book guy: Dude, there may be a day I want to have a nice cold beer with someone, anyone!

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