Monthly Archives: June 2011

Eating a Nabokovian Banana

I was charmed and enchanted reading Lila Azam Zanganeh’s The Enchanter:  Nabokov and Happiness, about the author’s personal encounter with the novels of Nabokov—part memoir and part literary essay.  Reading it gave me a better understanding and appreciation for Nabokov’s novels (I’m currently reading … Continue reading

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Poetry and Wine Tasting

“Wine is bottled poetry.” Robert Louis Stevenson In Educating Peter: How Anybody Can Become An (Almost) Instant Wine Expert, by Lettie Teague, executive wine editor of Food & Wine), the basic premise of the book is that the general uninformed populace (as … Continue reading

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Lyric Poetry and Pop (corn)

Seth Lakeman’s “The White Hare” is pure, hi-octane lyrical poetry (YouTube video here).  Britney Spear’s “Hold It Against Me” is pure, hi-octane pop (See YouTube video here).  Seth opens up “The White Hare” with: I heard her in the valley … Continue reading

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Lord Byron: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

In this day and age of the celebrity bio show-and-tell-all, where the celebrity du jour hasn’t the slightest qualm in not only baring the soul, but also the backside and everything in between, and not only willing to air every … Continue reading

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