Playboy, 1964: Alvin Toffler Interviews Nabokov
Pointed out by Evgeny Morozov, the conversation places one of America’s great futurists opposite the brilliant novelist Vladimir Nabokov for a wide-ranging discussion that took place not long after Kubrick’s interpretation of Lolita was released. Topics included: lepidoptery, Hemingway, the writing process, languages, and God.
Here’s my favorite exchange.
AT: Many readers have concluded that the Philistinism you seem to find the most exhilarating is that of America’s sexual mores.
VN: Sex as an institution, sex as a general notion, sex as a problem, sex as a platitude– all this is something I find too tedious for words. Let us skip sex.
AT: Have you ever been psychoanalyzed?
VN: Have I been what?
AT: Subjected to psychoanalytical examination.
VN: Why, good God?
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Digital First Media’s head editor in northern California, David Little, appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources yesterday to talk with host Brian Stelter about the paper’s efforts covering (and recovering from) the Camp Fire disaster.
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