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Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (Paperback)

by Vladimir Nabokov

Imagination, Memory, a Dictionary 1

Monumental Véra of Montreux 0

The Summer of Butterflies 1

Party Crasher 0

"Speaking of Memory" 0

Vera, or Verdure 0

The Great Taxonomy of Literary Tumblrs: Round Two 45

Six months ago, I rounded up a list of my favorite literary Tumblr accounts. Alas, six months in the real world is different from six months online, and Tumblr now has grown by a few million blogs. So with that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time for another list — a better list, a bigger list.

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 2

The number of novelists with a claim to having published major work this year forms a kind of alphabet: Aira, Amis, Bolaño, Boyd, Carey, Cohen, Cunningam, Donoghue...

The Franzen Cover and a Brief History of Time 17

A look at Time's 83 literary coverboys and -girls reveals a waffling between reaching out and selling out that, today, we'd describe as Franzean.

Proust's Arabesk: The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk 15

For all that Orhan Pamuk the citizen has been embroiled in legal struggles with the Turkish state, he strikes me in one sense as an elemental patriot. To chronicle something obsessively is a form of love, and Pamuk documents the details of his Istanbul obsessively.

Difficult Books: Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov 15

Ada is "about" incest only in the way that Lolita is "about" pedophilia, or Moby-Dick is "about" fishing. Which is to say, it isn't.