Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0020662, Sat, 4 Sep 2010 11:48:26 -0600

Re: Friedlander, "America by Car"]
Mr. Friedlander is a skilled photographer, and I like his photos, but I wish
he had used color film in more than a few of them. Dr. Edward Allen
included *The Annotated Lolita *in the required reading list of his
graduate-level course "Novels of the American Road" at the University of
South Dakota in the 1990s, along with Least Heat-Moon's *Blue Highways, *
Steinbeck's* Travels With Charley, *and of course Kerouac's *On The Road.*

On Sat, Sep 4, 2010 at 8:48 AM, Nabokv-L <nabokv-l@utk.edu> wrote:

> -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Friedlander, "America by Car" Date:
> Sat, 4 Sep 2010 10:45:04 -0400 From: Stephen Blackwell <sblackwe@UTK.EDU><sblackwe@UTK.EDU> To:
> Photographer Lee Friedlander's show "America by Car" opens today at the
> Whitney Museum in New York City. The photographs in the show and the
> accompanying book show Friedlander's vision of the US through the
> windows and mirrors of his various rental cars over the last 15 years.
> Although there is no explicit connection to anything Nabokovian (as far
> as I know), the scenes he captures in this show, and in his older car
> images dating back to the 1960s, make me think of the Nabokovs driving
> around the US, as well as Humbert's and Dolly's trips. The humor and
> shadowy presence of the photographer in these works also seem to express
> a sort of kinship with VN . . .
> See the New York Times story and about seven shots from the Whitney show
> here:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/arts/design/03car.html
> View about 96 Friedlander images from his entire career here:
> http://www.fraenkelgallery.com/#mi=222&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=0&a=10&at=1
> These are beautiful, thought- and laughter-provoking photographs,
> very much in VN's spirit. Enjoy!
> Stephen Blackwell
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