NABOKV-L post 0018724, Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:39:36 -0200

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Re: [NABOKOV-L] Et In Arcadia Ego
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Vladimir Mylnikov: indeed, why philosophise: death is death - it's a syllogism, and if we want or would like to have hopes how to escape death then we need to say "death is maybe a death."

JM: Indeed. But I must ask now, why read? After all we shall be merely sustaining an author's afterlife? (The same humorist Millôr once wrote:"Death is hereditary" and, like literature, it is transmissible).

Fran Assa inquired about John Francis Shade and Robert Frost...Shade knew quite well that he was "a slimy step behind" him.
I suppose that snow in New England, school-days and puritan childhood must have been quite different from what Shade experienced in ... New Wye.

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