Sunday marks what would've been the 112th birthday of Vladimir Nabokov, the greatest prose stylist the English language has seen. Maybe Nabokov's first language not being English was what allowed him to bend and shimmer English so famously in novels like Lolita and Pale Fire. That he was a genius surely helped.
InDigest will celebrate the occasion with readings of new, Nabokov-centric work from Meakin Armstrong, Nicole Callihan, Sasha Fletcher, Dave Haan, and Jade Wilkison. There will be drinks, cake, and a screening of Kubrick's Lolita. Best of all, it's free.
To prime those 112 candles, here are the first few (glorious) sentences of Lolita:
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta."