Vladimir Nabokov

Sunday Reading: Critics on the Classics

“Lolita” has “prodded one of the few remaining raw nerves of the twentieth century”: that was how Donald Malcolm, one of <i>The New Yorker’s</i> book critics, reacted to Vladimir Nabokov’s novel when it was first published in America, in 1958. With the passage of time, even the most provocative art works …

Culture

15 Books That Desperately Need Sequels, Because I Still Have So Many Unanswered Questions

Some of the most bittersweet moments in the life of a book lover are discovering those books you just can’t put down and that you never want to end — …

Literature

Paperback Row

<i>Six new paperbacks to check out this week.</i><p><b>THE UNSETTLERS:</b> <b>In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America</b><b>,</b> <i>by Mark Sundeen. (Riverhead, $16.)</i> Sundeen profiles three families — whom he calls pioneers, of a sort — who chose to live off the grid. They share an important commonality: “They had each taken …

Books

How can novelty be restored to the novel?

“We take literature too seriously,” said writer Amitava Kumar in a session titled ‘New Fiction: Readings and Conversations’, on Day 2 of The Hindu …

Great Books

To Be, or Not to Be

<i>This essay was delivered in a slightly different form as the Robert B. Silvers Lecture at the New York Public Library on December 18, 2017.</i><p>1.<p>Fetus<p>The …

Books

New & Noteworthy

<b>New this week:</b><p><b>SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE</b> By Ijeoma Oluo. (Seal Press, $27.) Oluo takes on the thorniest questions surrounding race, from police brutality to who can use the “N” word. One chapter even has this intriguing heading: “I Just Got Called a Racist, What Do I Do Now?” <b>ANGELITOS</b> By Ilan …

Books

A son of refuseniks chronicles the slow dissolve of Russia’s Jews

Visitors to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow viewing one of the many sculptures there depicting the history of Jewish life in Russia, …

Jewish Culture

17 Great Authors Who Wrote While Standing

“<i>At the first symptoms of indigestion, book-keepers, entry-clerks, authors, and editors should get a telescope-desk. Literary occupations need not</i> …

Authors

Let There Be Light

<i>Or brightness! Or maybe a strong glow? Definitely less shade. (Inside the epic quest to translate the Bible.)</i><p>It doesn’t matter who you are -a Sunday …

Theology

Orchids: India is falling under the spell of the flowers that once inspired Nabokov and Cartier

Though orchids are becoming popular among urban gardeners and floriculturists, governments in India aren’t doing enough to promote them.<p>Orchidelirium …

Flowers

Vladimir Nabokov: Father of Hypertext?

<i>#TBT: Michael Bierut originally wrote and published this in January 2004. Trust us, it's just as relevant today.</i><p>It was too cold to even think about …

Literature

How Do We Bury the Writing of the Dead?

For over a hundred thousand years, we’ve buried our dead. Broadly speaking, the act has no functional purpose; according to the World Health Organization, only bodies carrying infectious diseases demand burial. Instead, it offers us, the living, a resolute end: a body in the ground.<p>We cannot …

Literature

The End of the F***ing World: Netflix's new comedy is an effing triumph

The End of the F***ing World: Netflix’s new comedy is an effing triumph<p>Goodbye Christopher Robins's Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden (The Lobster) …

TV

Seeing the Suffering Millions: On Neel Mukherjee’s 'A State of Freedom'

<i>The need to let suffering speak is a condition of all truth.</i> <br>—<b>Theodor Adorno</b><p>A Calcutta-born lecturer living on the East Coast of the United States is …

Theodor W. Adorno

16 Creepy Incest Movies We Can't Help but Be Fascinated By

Admit it, you just can't look away from these taboo onscreen relationships. Incest — be it between siblings, cousins, step family members, or parents …

Julianne Moore

Regarding the Em Dash

Punctuation, largely invisible and insignificant for normal people, as it should be, is a highly personal matter for writers. Periods, commas, …

Long-form Journalism

Nothing affects Trump more than what people say about him

<b>(CNN) —</b> With his latest tweetstorm, addressing everything from North Korea's nuclear threat to the mythical "Deep State" inside the Justice Department, Donald Trump has fallen through the floor of comedy and into the basement of tragedy.<p>The storm crested with Trump's official response to Steve …

Opinion

It's time Vladimir Nabokov's 'impossible' screenplay for Lolita was finally made

When the great Russian/American writer, Vladimir Nabokov was approached by Stanley Kubrick in 1959 about making a movie of his masterpiece, Lolita, …

Literature

Strand Bookstore Owner Dies At 89

Fred Bass, the owner of the Strand bookstore, died on Wednesday at 89.<p>UNION SQUARE, NY — Fred Bass, the owner of the of the legendary Strand …

New York City

David Bowie book club: Duncan Jones invites fans to read his father's top 100 books

David Bowie's son Duncan Jones has started an online book club featuring the literature beloved by his late father.<p>In 2013 Bowie's official website …

Literature

How the evolution of the English language went bigly

Browsing online, I keep reading the word “woke,” as an adjective. I’m used to reading it as a verb –”I woke in the middle of the night.” But now …

Language

Walter Minton on the House “Lolita” Built

The legendary publisher recalls taking on Norman Mailer’s “The Deer Park” and Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” when others balked.<p>One recent afternoon, Walter Minton, the ninety-four-year-old former president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, sat in the study of his house in Saddle River, New Jersey, and …

Long-form Journalism

David Bowie Book Club launched by his son, Duncan Jones

Earlier this year, we shared a list of David Bowie’s 100 “must-read” books, yet another symbol of the late music icon’s voracious thirst for …

Literature

Chip Kidd’s 10 Favorite Books

<i>Bookseller</i> <i>One Grand Books</i> <i></i><i>has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture.</i> …

Entertainment

Robert Silvers: New York’s Presiding Man of Letters

1929-1917<p>In October 1959, the novelist and critic Elizabeth Hardwick complained in a now-famous <i>Harper’s</i> essay that book reviews had gone soft. “Sweet, bland commendations fall everywhere upon the scene,” she wrote. “A universal, if somewhat lobotomized, accommodation reigns.” Four years later, at …

Politics

The Story Behind the Making of Spandau Ballet's 'True'

The Brit-pop invasion of MTV in the early 1980s had its roots in London’s New Romantic movement, where bands merged dance beats, synthesizers and fashion.<p>When one of the movement’s biggest names, Spandau Ballet, released “True” in April 1983, it launched a new, more soulful approach to …

Marvin Gaye

“Où sont les neiges d’antan?”: On “Russian Émigré Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky”

“<i>OÙ SONT les neiges d’antan?</i>” Throughout my childhood, at odd moments, I heard my stepfather Vasily Yanovsky — a noted Russian émigré author who …

Books

Hans Keilson: Love in Hiding

Hans Keilson was not quite 23 years old when, in December 1932, he came home from his hospital job to news from his mother. “Someone named Loerke …

Conservative View

How Vladimir Nabokov disproved John Dunne's dream theory

The fictional poet John Shade, in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel <i>Pale Fire</i>, has a dream of a white fountain. Being a student of dreams, he imagines the …

Literature

Browse Our 2018 Literature Catalog

Our new Literature catalog includes an unguarded look into the mind of Vladimir Nabokov, an examination of simultaneous absorption in and critical …

Great Books