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    The New YorkerVladimir Nabokov5/8/4812 min
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    • leverettt1 year ago

      favorite line: “the incalculable amount of tenderness contained in the world; of the fate of this tenderness, which is either crushed or wasted, or transformed into madness; of neglected children humming to themselves in unswept corners; of beautiful weeds that cannot hide from the farmer” I mean… this is just gorgeous

    • DellwoodBarker1 year ago

      This is the kind of read I have been missing on here lately!

      Excellent! 10!

      • Karenz
        Top reader this weekScribe
        1 year ago

        This is so sad and disturbing. The phone calls echo that.

    • Pegeen
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      Great writing is timeless. It was almost like watching a movie!

      • sjwoo1 year ago

        What a find -- Nabokov is always worth reading, and this is no exception. Though I must say, TNY needs proofreaders!

        could he seen lying supine on an untidy bed.

        of the in visible giants

        I'm guessing they OCRed this and didn't go for a proofing pass.

        My favorite line:

        living does mean accepting the loss of one joy after another

        The ugly truth...

        The end almost reminds me of Raymond Carver's "The Bath," where the baker makes that nasty phone call.

        • Pegeen
          Top reader this weekScoutScribe
          1 year ago

          Ah, writers tend to pick that up like a dentist sees gingivitis!!! I guess I just was so wrapped up in the story I made the corrections automatically. I’m thrilled everyone seems to have enjoyed it. I was blown away by the details and actually feeling like I was there - amazing!

          • sjwoo1 year ago

            Yes, I'm afraid it comes with the territory. :) It is really a great story -- whenever I think of the most talented fiction writer who ever lived, Nabokov is my pick, no question. And to think English was his second language...!

      • SEnkey1 year ago

        This just sent me down a delightful rabbit hole of papers written on this little story. Thank you for posting!

        • Pegeen
          Top reader this weekScoutScribe
          1 year ago

          Hey, so glad you enjoyed your rabbit hole adventure! This was my first time reading this. I loved it.

    • elioty1 year ago


    • thorgalle
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      The ending 😨 It's open, but also not.

    • BillEnkey1 year ago

      Think about it. ;)

    • Florian1 year ago

      Referential mania

      Wow... I never heard of that. It sounds so intense 😳