Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025301, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:31:50 -0700

Re: RES: [NABOKV-L] early birthday tribute

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> On Apr 19, 2014, at 12:21, Jansy Mello <jansy.mello@OUTLOOK.COM> wrote:
> C. Kunin: “…quote from Milton “Books are not absolutely dead things, but doe contain a potencie of life in them to be as active as that soule was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a violl the purest efficacie and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”
> [snip] The reader learns in the opening sentence that a man named Nicky Slopen has come back from death [and so on]. Well, doesn't this happen in at least one novel (Soglyadati, or The Eye) by VN, as it does in Dostoevsky (Son smeshnovogo Cheloveko)? Any others?
> Jansy Mello: A very apt quote as a tribute to Nabokov’s birthday celebrations: sometimes the written word, an artist’s wordworld, may be as “immortal” and as contagious as a virus…( I just realized that I was repeating Laurie Anderson’s song,* but, on second thoughts, no… I wasn’t).
> However, this “essential” survival is unlike the one we encounter in VN’s “The Eye.” VN’s own conscious awareness and sensibility are no longer available, either to him or to us.
> Any others? How about the “voice” saluting Hugh Person in “Transparent Things”?
> …………………………………………….
> Language Is A Virus
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvb0-Fm98qI
> Paradise
> Is exactly like
> Where you are right now
> Only much much
> Better.
> [snip]
> Language! It's a virus!
> Language! It's a virus!
> [snip]
> The one below is more apt for this occasion:
> Born, Never Asked Laurie Anderson
> It was a large room.
> Full of people.
> All kinds.
> And they had all arrived at the same buidling at more or less the same time.
> And they were all free.
> And they were all asking themselves the same question:
> What is behind that curtain?
> You were born.
> And so you're free.
> So happy birthday.
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