Happy 59, <i>Lolita</i>! Happy 59, Lolita!

Today marks the fifty-ninth anniversary of the US publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, and we’re celebrating by watching this video of Nabokov discussing it on Canadian TV, in a setting that… well,Read more »

We miss you, Herman Hesse We miss you, Herman Hesse

If you’re wondering why you woke up this morning in a state of existential perplexity, it’s probably because today’s the fifty-fifth anniversary of the death of German writer and painter Herman Hesse, nicknamedRead more »

Happy 112, Elias Canetti! Happy 112, Elias Canetti!

It’s a fine day to be wishing the world a happy 112th birthday of Sephardic-Bulgarian-British German-language memoirist, novelist, theorist, and playwright Elias Canetti! Born to two venerable families in Ruse,Read more »