Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004790, Sun, 20 Feb 2000 16:16:31 -0800

Re: Boyd's Pale Fire & homophobia (fwd)
In connection with the extremely tedious discussion of Nabokov's
alleged "homophobia" (whatever this clumsy term means), let me just quote
two authorities on the issue:
"Physical love is but another way of saying the same thing and not
a special sexophone note, which once heard is echoed in every other region
of the soul" (S.Knight, Lost Property, page 82)
"I believe that granting "sex" a special situation when tackling a
human problem, or worse still, letting the "sexual idea," if such a thing
exists, pervade and "explain" all the rest is a grave error of reasoning"
(the biographer of the above, page 103)

Alexander Dolinin