Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0027424, Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:32:20 -0700

Why "transparent" ? and why "thingum" ? ---- VN (6 min.) video
and audio
(But this transparent thingum does require
Some moondrop title. Help me, Will! Pale Fire.)

I think there's a pun here. --- moondrop = [dew]
-------- This poem (or book) does require a [due] title.

Why is it called "transparent" ? and why "thingum" ?

Let me try to answer. ...

In the book [Transparent Things], transparent things
refer to (recently ?) dead souls (ghosts) that
still look upon the living.

(One of them is speaking to his son.)

John Shade is (recently ?) dead, so he is a transparent thing.
His poem would be a " transparent thingum ".

Who is saying this?
>> (But this transparent thingum does require
>> Some moondrop title. Help me, Will! Pale Fire.)

I'd say... these two lines are more by VN (than by Shade).

How did I do? HH


It was 12+ years ago:
I found a 20 sec. audio clip of VN ( Nabokov ) .
I was so excited, i listened to it maybe 20 times.

Now, there's lots of VN video and audio material :

Nabokov 6 min TV program in 1996 (?)

Mr & Mrs (VN and Vera) playing chess
---- before VN says "Come on, darling."
are they speaking in Russian ?

I just discovered this 57 min. audio recording :

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