Who’s that face? The “Gloomy good looks…Clean-cut jaw, muscular hand, deep sonorous voice…broad shoulder…”
Why it must be Humbert Humbert from Lolita, scanned into composite sketch software used by law enforcement.
The result is the greatest Tumblr EVER: The Composites
“Nabokov wrote most his novels on 3” x 5” notecards, keeping blank cards under his pillow for whenever inspiration struck. Seen here: a draft of Lolita.”
I really need to start doing this! I always seem to get my best ideas right before I doze off, and then again right when I first wake up!
This is just remarkable. Lolita breathes with such an easy erudition—and is so dauntingly good—that the thought of Nabokov, writing in the third or fourth language he’d learned, wrote much of it spontaneously makes me feel like a damned fraud.
I Love Winnie Cooper
“Winnie Cooper was, in a sense, the first pretty girl to smile at me—at all of us—and for that reason, because of her...
“I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found…”— John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
“[It could mean something.
It could mean everything.]
It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote:
You must change your life.”— Mary Oliver, from “...