Stan: Alexey's version of word-golf allows replacement,
addition or deletion of a single letter at each 'stroke.' It also lets
you shift languages. This is not a complaint. Merely a reminder that some
word-golf versions are much EASIER than others. It's hard to PIN [sic] down THE
original, but my impression was that VN's preferred version allowed a single
language (typically English) and only a single-letter REPLACEMENT at each stage.
The point of the word GOLF, of course, is that we seek the FEWEST
strokes/transitions. (And maybe poorer wordsmiths can demand a HANDICAP system?
Let's not explore Tiger Woods' cheating to reach birdie holes
Stan 2: For what it's worth (un pet de lapin?)
Mikhail BOTVINNIK (1911-95) was a leading Soviet Chess Grandmaster, becoming
World Champion first in 1948. I'm sure the startling near-anagram has been
spotted by others. Remove VIN ( = I, VN!) and out comes our two-faced deceiver.
Jansy, methinks, reads too much into the literal string-matches with the letters
KIN. ..I was pleased to see one recent contributor reminding us that Pale Fire
is, after all, a SATIRE...(Paraphrasing an earlier quip on Keatsian scholarship,
'Not one of Pushkin's Laundry Lists must go unexamined!') I trust that this
encourages MORE and BETTER Pale Fire analysis?
JM: Not even by
learning through osmosis will I be able to play mathematical games,
Stan. "Include me out" (to quote an MGM's producer).
I loved your cunning "Lapin petoyant" (no damage
to the ozone layer?), which served to pin and link the first and second messages
you just posted. You are right to criticize me by
having followed literal string-matches with KIN to indicate Pushkin.
However, sometimes VN himself indulged in just the same kind of lap (-in).
Perhaps I'm wrong (I'm used to that!) but I understood
Sklyarenko's long word-golf to demonstrate ADA's blend of "Amerussia" and
this is why he employed a different set of rules - just this
His reference to "left sides," and Czar Peter I, encouraged
me to read Shade's comment on Kinbote's turning a new page with his left
hand to create Zembla ( so silly of me to have forgotten
btw: Not only is the entire novel a satire, but
also Shade's poem - and your examples are great( "E.g., we have Shade, a not-that-great fictional, academic
poet using inappropriate prosody to ponder Life's major and minor ontologies. VN
has Shade pen both the greatest lines since Keats, and the funniest doggerel
since McGonnigal" ), because you join the
mystical, the lyric, and the fun-loving self-critical dimension ( that's
the second time I mention your integrative abilities). Your
comment helped me to feel Charles Kinbote's peculiarly stiff humor
stand out (if I may say so).