When people are finding meaning in things — beware.– Edward Gorey
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible...– Albert Camus
We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than...– Seneca
A BBC interview with Vladimir Nabokov, 1962 →
Interviewer: In your new novel, Pale Fire, one of the characters says that reality is neither the subject nor the object of real art, which creates its own reality. What is that reality? Nabokov: Reality is a very subjective affair. I can only define it as a kind of gradual accumulation of information; and as specialization. If we take a lily, for instance, or any other kind of natural object, a...