NABOKV-L post 0023122, Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:37:06 -0700

Re: Line 130 and shaving
Oh, Jansy (if our editors will forgive me) yes! Occam's razor. That's
the principle I used to solve Pale Fire (why didn't I think of that?)

On Jul 25, 2012, at 10:14 PM, Jansy wrote:

R S Gwynn: Wilkinson (Sword) blades weren't marketed in the US until
the late 60s or 70s. The Gillette Blue Blade was ubiquitous in its tv
advertising (along with ads for the new canned shaving creams--Shade's
"Our Cream") ...There may have been other double-edge blades at the
time (Pal?), but Gillette was "king." "Gillette blade" may have indeed
been some kind of arcane code for "bisexual," but virtually every male
in the US used Blue Blades.

Jansy Mello: I surmise Shade's was the double-edge sort, not the
double-blade one. However, what I meant was that the word "gillette"
was descriptively applied to bisexuals and not necessarily to those
who shaved with a Blue Blade.

btw: I wonder if Nabokov ultimately applied the "Occam's razor"
principle in literature ("when you have two competing theories that
make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better."),
as Albert Camus (in his July 1943 essay, "Intelligence and the
Scaffold", Confluences n.21-24) seems to have defended in his
description of the great French classics's obstinacy, as opposed to
the thematic multiplicity found in James Joyce's or in the "Russian
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