NABOKV-L post 0024913, Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:18:32 -0800

Subject
Re: Dr Mertvago & Dr Swissair [for the List, not just Mary E]
Date
Body
My point exactly, Mary. I very much dislike the hero-worship sometimes displayed by some of our List members. It is VN who has feet of clay - yes, my point, exactly.

Carolyn




________________________________
From: Mary H. Efremov <mbutterfly549@AOL.COM>
To: NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2013 6:05 AM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Dr Mertvago & Dr Swissair



veneration of icons was not something VN did;widespread esteem of AS may have been the norm,but not everyone is obliged to follow.We have a long history of hero worship   as humans but strong individualists resist this, and note, rather the clay feet.



-----Original Message-----
From: Jansy Mello <jansy.nabokv-L@AETERN.US>
To: NABOKV-L <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
Sent: Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:31 pm
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Dr Mertvago & Dr Swissair


Carolyn Kunin [ to Alexey*]
"...:You should be ashamed -  when I was growing up there was
no one more highly respected.[  ] p.s. As a physician working in
"Lumbago" he was - well - a saint. But who cares? Not the shameless of this
world, that's for sure. 
 
Jansy Mello: Good for you, Carolyn.
Although Albert Schweitzer doesn't really need that we take up arms to defend
him, as a Nabokov admirer I resent his often silly and biased "Strong Opinions"
and appreciate it when some of our verbal genius's expostulations are brought up
for discussion.
Lumbago must refer to the lumbar pains VN often
complained of or to his bile**, but it may suggest also Caribean Tobago (there
are diverse references to Trinidad and the Trinity student days in
VN's works, or to the Caribean, the place of Demon Veen's fall) and Doctor
Mertvago refers, indirectly, to Pasternak's ("you man
"parsnip"*) successful novel and, perhaps, even to another doctor writer,
Tchekhov.    
 
 
 
.......................................................................................
* - Why not just call a turnip a turnip? /You mean
"parsnip" (pasternak)?
Do you also despise that other nabokovian bete noir,
Albert Schweitzer? Never heard of him (unless he is "Dr Swissair of Lumbago"
mentioned in Ada by Dorothy Vinelander).
"There was once Doctor
Mertvago
who lived in a place called Lumbago..."
** - In the sense of the "Four Humours"
(Hippocrates)



________________________________

Este email está limpo de vírus e malwares porque a proteção do avast! Antivírus está ativa.


Google Search
the archive Contact
the Editors NOJ Zembla Nabokv-L
Policies Subscription options AdaOnline NSJ Ada Annotations L-Soft Search the archive VN Bibliography Blog
All private editorial communications are read by both co-editors.

Google Search
the archive Contact
the Editors NOJ Zembla Nabokv-L
Policies Subscription options AdaOnline NSJ Ada Annotations L-Soft Search the archive VN Bibliography Blog
All private editorial communications are read by both co-editors.

Search archive with Google:
http://www.google.com/advanced_search?q=site:listserv.ucsb.edu&HL=en

Contact the Editors: mailto:nabokv-l@utk.edu,nabokv-l@holycross.edu
Visit Zembla: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/zembla.htm
View Nabokv-L policies: http://web.utk.edu/~sblackwe/EDNote.htm
Visit "Nabokov Online Journal:" http://www.nabokovonline.com

Manage subscription options: http://listserv.ucsb.edu/