NABOKV-L post 0020968, Sat, 13 Nov 2010 19:46:46 -0200

[NABOKV-L] BB SIGHTINGS & VN NON-SIGHTINGSStan Kelly-Bootle: "Before buying/downloading Brian Boyd's Pale Fire: The Magic of Artistic Discovery, ($24.79), on Stan's 2nd Kindle (swank!), the screen informed me that "Customers who bought this book also bought Middlemarch by George Eliot." My only negative comment on BB's analysis after an enjoyable/instructive trip to locations 138-9 (are these printed-page numbers?) is his taking seriously VN's mathematical mumbo-jumbo about spirals and Hegelian dialectics... VN's provable awkwardness with real mathematics seems a taboo subject, yet it's no handicap to an artist of his stature. 2. Browsing through Literature in the Modern World - Critical Essays and Documents, Edited by Dennis Walder (OUP, 1991)...No mention of VN, even in sections on Freud and translation.Stan Kelly-Bootle(Lord Derby Prize for Mathematics, 1946)"

JM: I checked the pages against the actual "chose" (the printed BB). The pages correspond to Part Three, "Synthesis and Re-reading" ( Transformation:corroboration) Index entries on Hegelian triad indicate p.10-13,89-90,207,233,256. See also spiral (10-11;233,266n.32. "in the third arc the poem continues from line 999 to line 1000 by spiraling back to the beginning, in a sustained explosion of positive ironies that suggests an afterlife might transform even what looks like maximum meaninglessness into a synsthesis of radiant sense." Nice.

btw: a friend sent me images of spiraling earth and galaxies, heading towards a crash against Andromeda, to stimulate me to calculate at what speed we are constantly turning and spinning right now. Fortunately we cannot all be attuned to what's happening in the universe (a bit dizzying if you ask me). Perhaps Nabokov inherited his mother's religious wisdom (quoted somewhere in SO) and let paradise take him in its stride (although flying off, impelled by a centripetal force, would be some sparking experience).

Alexey Sklyarenko: "I belatedly realize that the cartoonists Emmanuil de Saint Priest and Emmanuel Poiré (Caran d'Ache) are the namesakes of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), the German philosopher who is mentioned in Ada (2.5): "It [the closet] had a keyless hole as big as Kant's eye. Kant was famous for his cucumicolor iris." ...Chose...Ding...
JM: That's some other kind of awesome spinning, Alexey. I wonder if experimental psychologist Fechner's angels had cucumicolored eyes (Fechner saw them like round eyes roaming through the universe).

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