Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025588, Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:36:43 -0400

Re: No direct link to VN but...
Jansy, seems he had visual fascination with pencils, I thought this week
rereading TT where he describes meticulously (or, fooled me) pencil
production. Perhaps when he looked down at his pencil he took opportunity
to do something with his butterflies, whatever may have been in his line of
sight at the moment staring down.


On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 12:41 AM, Jansy Mello <jansy.mello@outlook.com>

> I found this poster, addressed to young readers, where “good ideas” are
> compared to “ invisible butterflies.” There was a hint of J.L.Borges in
> the organization of the lists of places where one can find them, or they
> cannot be seen but mainly, I was carried over to Nabokov because of a red
> pencil’s shavings turning into butterflies, and a vague analogy with V’s
> aunt’s invitation to “look at the harlequins.”(LATH)
> Rough (partial) translation from the Spanish:
> “Good ideas are invisible butterflies with their wings filled with
> writings. They flutter among us, invisibly. Sometimes we confuse them up
> with the other more common butterflies, at other times they perch on our
> heads and murmur a reply to what we’d been looking for [ ] We must try to
> do something about our butterflies: a drawing, a song, a short-story.
> *Places in which one can find good ideas*: Sitting in a blue chair
> without touching the ground with our feet [ ] Close to the ceiling while
> we are showering [ ] In the fur of a Dachshund [ ]
> *Places in which it is impossible to find good ideas*: In leather couches
> with no wheels; inside the bottles of *aloe vera*; under our nails [ ]
> inside the tins of diet marmalade [ ]…
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