May 3, 1987
Elizabeth Mehren's piece on Harvard Prof. Thomas McMahon ("Scientist, Novelist: A Tradition of One," April 15) perpetuates C. P. Snow's myth of "The Two Cultures." McMahon does disservice to novelists, scientists, the intellectual community, The Times and himself by insisting that there are no other scientist novelists: "Zero . . . name one." Less than a week earlier The Times ran an obituary on the internationally famous chemist/novelist Primo Levi. A few weeks ago, an obituary praised aerospace researcher Tom Scortia, co-author of "Glass Inferno," the basis of the film "Towering Inferno."
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February 26, 2012 |
Dmitri Nabokov, the only child of acclaimed novelist Vladimir Nabokov who helped protect and translate his father's work while pursuing careers as an opera singer and race car driver, has died. He was 77. The younger Nabokov died Wednesday at a hospital in Vevey, Switzerland, after a long illness, said literary agent Andrew Wylie. Dmitri spent much of his life trying to carve a life away from the shadow of his father, considered one of the premier writers of the 20th century for such books as "Lolita" and "Pale Fire.
October 24, 1989 |
Greatness of name in the father oft-times overwhelms the son. They stand too near one another . --Ben Jonson In a chic Manhattan hotel room, high above the greenery of Central Park, Dmitri Nabokov welcomes a visitor, pours a round of drinks and braces himself for a question he has been asked many, many times: "What is it like being the son of Vladimir Nabokov?"
October 6, 2002 |
The three most often repeated "rules of writing," recited by rote and left uninvestigated and unchallenged in virtually every writing workshop and English class are capable of doing terrible damage to good writing. The Terrible Three are: Show, don't tell. Nonsense. Good writing involves "showing"--that is, dramatizing--as well as "telling"--employing exposition. An avoidance of "telling" may convolute clear motivation (exemplified by "showing"). It compromises setting. It obfuscates situation.
August 3, 1998 |
Sunday night Showtime was scheduled to air the television premiere of Adrian Lyne's "Lolita," a tragic story of pedophilia based on the 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov. No U.S theatrical distributor had been willing to release the film nationally since its completion in early 1997. The American entertainment industry initially called this one right. Why? Because the enduring message of this film version of "Lolita" is an outrage: that young girls who are molested are somehow "asking" for it.
January 30, 1992 |
I can remember the ad campaign for "Lolita" clearly. It was 1962, I was 9, and the advertising suggestively screamed "How did they ever make a movie out of 'Lolita'?" Then there was Sue Lyon, the 14-year-old unknown chosen to play novelist Vladimir Nabokov's most famous erotic symbol. Her pretty adolescent features were the top of beauty to a kid just beginning to sense the links between aura and sex appeal.
May 1, 2011 |
The Tragedy of Arthur A Novel Arthur Phillips Random House: 368 pp., $26 First, the MacGuffin: Arthur Phillips' fifth novel, "The Tragedy of Arthur," is built around a full-length, five-act Shakespeare play, "The Most Excellent and Tragical Historie of Arthur, King of Britain," composed (or, in the conceit of the novel, "discovered") by Phillips himself. It's a bravura strategy, relying on his ability to inhabit the rhythms, "the feeling of Shakespeare … it's like a fingerprint.