TMR 13.2 “Hammock and Honey” [ADA, OR ARDOR]
Rodrigo Fresán (The Invented Part, The Dreamed Part, Bottom of the Sky) joins Chad and Brian to talk about the only Nabokov book he hasn’t read. In addition to talking about all the reasons to love Nabokov, about how this book is the one where he actually seems to be measuring himself against the all time greats, they talk about strange science-fiction books, publishers as characters (and superheroes), the layers of (unreliable) narration surrounding the text, and beautiful writing about socially unacceptable things.
This week’s music is “Nabokov’s Wandering Eye” from an album called Poklapocalypse. Nothing could be more fitting.
If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can watch episode 3 live next Wednesday where you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statments.
Be sure to order Brian’s book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions.
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