The Russian-born novelist’s writing habits were famously peculiar. Beginning in 1950, he composed first drafts in pencil on ruled index cards, which he stored in long file boxes. Since, Nabokov claimed, he pictured an entire novel in complete form before he began writing it, this method allowed him to compose passages out of sequence, in whatever order he pleased; by shuffling the cards around, he could quickly rearrange paragraphs, chapters, and whole swaths of the book. (His file box also served as portable desk; he started the first draft of Lolita on a road trip across America, working nights in the backseat of his parked car — the only place in the country, he said, with no noise and no drafts.) Only after months of this labor did he finally relinquish the cards to his wife, Vera, for a typed draft, which would then undergo several more rounds of revisions.
Nabokov’s curious daily rituals
Art is to live in the world as in a huge museum of oddities. —
Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978, Greece/Italy) [Fr]
Le Cafe by Fujita Tsuguharu
Luis Barragán House and Studio, Mexico City
I write only of interior landscapes, and the majority of people don’t see those: they see almost nothing that is “inside.” Because they always think that if something is internal, it’s obscure, and therefore they don’t see anything…
(Thomas Bernhard) (Interview, 1981)
It’s the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. He was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Moss Agate 14k rose pink gold ring
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No amount of external elements—admiration, affection, conversation, sex—will ever be enough to satisfy a person whose internal compass does not point to joy.
— The Pleasure Trap - David Finch
Nighthawk (by ce28nn)
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusion of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. But he does more than render the essence of a particular time and place, for in chronicling Gatsby’s tragic pursuit of his dream, Fitzgerald recreates the universal conflict between illusion and reality.
Good Morning! (by lorena*arance)
Along the way accidents happen, detours get taken—the accidents turn out to be some of the best things. —