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:) !!!

From a 1969 interview with Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, by Alden Whitman of the New York Times, found here:

Q: How do you rank yourself among writers (living) and of the immediate past?

A: I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile-- some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket, which I would now like to trace in reply to your question.

Vladimir Nabokov invented emoticons! :) :) :)

(Linked from Language Log, but I thought it was too entertaining not to repost.)

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Oh, that's wonderful!

I buttcone Nabokov! He's my favorite genius.

Er, what?

... 'buttcone'

I've only read Lolita, but it was so amazingly brilliant I'm afraid to read anything else of his, in case it was a fluke.

No fluke, dude.

I haven't been able to get into Ada, cuz it's giant and I was trying to do it on a bus, but signs point to OMG yes. I recall not what other novel I read....

There's a compilation of short stories out, edited by his son, I think. Try it as an appetizer? (OK, yes, his son.)

Really, shouldn't that be conebutt?

Hrm, that's two or three times now that LJ hasn't shown me all comments until after it's too late. Or I am lame. Whichever.



conebutt, I suppose, if one is being l-->r -centric.

Re: {grin}

I think I may have to adopt that terminology!

putting on my pedant hat

there's a big difference between proposing an invention and reducing it to practice. the guy who does the latter is usually called the inventor. some french guy :) proposed a manned moon mission back in the 19th c., but it was some other random americans that made the giant leap a while later.


Half of me says "wtf" and the other half says "how like him!". I'm reading Pale Fire right now (his novel written in the form of a commentary on a long poem by a slightly clueless and probably insane commentator) and like I said to Mom the other day- "You know he wrote chess puzzles, but did you know he wrote actual chess puzzles?"
Thank you for sharing this delightful bit of information!

IIRC, that interview appears in _Strong Opinions_, which is a collection of his nonfiction writing; in any case, it's an incredibly fun book.