Signs and Symbols podcast


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Signs and Symbols podcast

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juny 17, 2008, 12:43am

Be sure to check out the New Yorker Fiction podcast, with Mary Gaitskill reading Nabokov's story "Signs and Symbols."

Signs and Symbols is my favorite Nabokov story too, probably the most perfect story I've read. To me, like Pnin and Lolita, and unlike Ada, for the most part, it manages to be both fully clever and deep, and fully human and affecting.

juny 17, 2008, 11:54am

Thanks for the link.

juny 17, 2008, 12:00pm

If this is the story I think it is (with the jam preserves), it is excellent and heartbreaking. A contender for the "makes me want to cry" thread.

I'm not into podcasts, but you made me want to re-read the story today...

juny 17, 2008, 1:11pm

Yes, the preserves. I remember that Nabokov: The American Years found the progenitor of those jam preserves in N's real life.

The podcast includes discussion of the story too. Worth it, imho.

juny 19, 2008, 2:13pm

Hey that's a pretty neat podcast. They got a Borges story too.