NABOKV-L post 0012061, Tue, 15 Nov 2005 17:56:17 -0800

Fwd: Invitation courtesy of Mr. Snicket
EDNOTE. Daniel Handler is a oneiime student of Priscilla Meyer, current
President of the Nabokov Society.

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Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 15:39:37 -0800
From: Juan Martinez <>
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Subject: Invitation courtesy of Mr. Snicket
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum

Daniel Handler and his alter ego, Lemony Snicket, recommend _Invitation to a
Beheading_ at
A few words with Lemony Snicket

Interviewed by *Tasha Robinson<>
*November 16th, 2005*

*The AV Club: Why do you continue telling such tragic and sordid tales?
Wouldn't you be happier doing something else with your time?*

*Lemony Snicket:* I made a solemn vow to research and summarize the entire
Baudelaire case, and no amount of misery, horror, shame or tedium can
dissuade me.

*AVC: You've often urged your readers to find better books to read instead
of yours. Could you suggest some specific ones they might like?*

*LS:* It is difficult to recommend books to people I do not know, but I am
unaware of any reader who would not benefit from reading (or rereading) Dino
Buzzati's *The Bears' Famous Invasion Of Sicily* and Vladimir
Nabokov's *Invitation
To A Beheading*.

*AVC: How did you first meet and form a partnership with your associate
Daniel Handler?*

*LS:* When circumstances prevented me from upholding certain promotional and
rhetorical commitments, I found a writer who could more or less impersonate
me, or at least impersonate impersonating me, impersonally.

*AVC: Mr. Handler plays an instrument and makes audio recordings with bands,
but says he does not have a musical career. Do you play an instrument, or
have a musical career?*

*LS:* I am attempting to learn the theremin.

*AVC: What do you intend to do once the story of the Baudelaire orphans is

*LS:* Indulge in a snifter of brandy before turning my attention to other
pressing matters.

*AVC: You've said you have difficulty getting messages out to your allies.
Would you like to take advantage of this space to communicate anything to

*LS:* Then--in my childhood--in the dawn

Of a most stormy life--was drawn

From ev'ry depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still--

*AVC: Your books have been banned in some schools. Do you have any comment?*

*LS:* Instead of selectively banned, I think my books should be universally

Juan Martinez

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