Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0027805, Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:33:30 -0700

Re: Neuroscience and "Pale Fire"
Your hypothesis sounds like a very interesting interpretation, Carolyn. Do
you have a link to it somewhere?

Mary Ross

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:52 AM Carolyn Kunin <chaiselongue@att.net> wrote:

> Dear List Members,
> I was thrilled to read the following in yesterday's Wall St Journal:
> Susan Pinker
> "The latest tools of neuroscience allow us to witness, as never
> before, t*he electrical flares, chemical land-slides and sluicing of
> water from zone to zone that alter the geography of the brain* as it
> changes.
> "Evidence of the ways neural tisssue is partially destroyed after a
> strok or the onset of dementia has been around for decades. But proof that
> missing or miswired human brains connections can grow again -- what
> neuroscientists call plasticity -- has so far been thin on the ground. In
> 2014 a study showed that for mice, novel experiences prompt almost
> immediate changes in *white matter -- the brain's connective tissue, or
> highway system." *[the italics are mine]
> The rest of the article is worth reading, but it is in these first two
> paragraphs that I found confirmation of my hypothesis that in describing
> King Charles's escape from Zembla, Nabokov was actually describing a
> cerebral episode of some kind, most likely a stroke. The author of this
> article uses similar metaphors for brain activity and disruption as did VN
> lo these many years ago.
> with regards from Pasadena and
> Carolyn
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