Vladimir Nabokov

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[NABOKV] [SIGHTIN] Kanye West and synesthesia
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Vladimir Nabokov vs. Kanye West

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A quick definition from The big M-W: Synesthesia: a concomitant sensation;
especially: a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other
than the one (as of sound) being stimulated.

I know what you're thinking.what the hell do these two men have in common?
Has Yeezy ever referenced Russian literature in his music? Does he plan to
resurrect the spirit of Vladimir Nabokov and demand a twelve-round verbose,
bombastic, egotistical cypher to prove that he is the better wordsmith?
(After all, Kanye is the only person who could ever rhyme "morning" with
"valedictorian," making all the syllables line up and everything.) Then
again, Nabokov has somehow not only convinced millions of people to read
about pedophilia, but, moreover, be impressed by the artistry with which he
did it. The one and only Stanley Kubrick made a movie adaptation out of
Nabokov's infamous novel, Lolita, and Nabokov got an Academy Award
nomination for best-adapted screenplay.

Yet, what actually connects these two men is that they are both
self-described synesthetes. While Nabokov's synesthesia imbues itself
directly in his writing, emblazoning each sentence with a vivid chiaroscuro
and focus on color, Yeezy manages to continually create music that in his
mind must appear like a riotous party in Time Square on New Year's Eve. By
this I mean, in a recent interview with Seth Meyers, West explained that he
"can see sound", and if that's the case, his life must be a perpetual Pretty
Lights concert.

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