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A Nabokov Quote to Tide You Over

December 1, 2010

So sorry for the delay in posting– the next few weeks are CRUNCH TIME. I’ll try to have Chicago Posts up by Friday (Sunday at the latest).

I leave you guys with a wonderful Nabokov food quote from Pale Fire on Vegetarianism:

“His laconic suggestion that I ‘try the pork’ amused me. I am a strict vegetarian, and I like to cook my own meals. Consuming something that had been handled by a fellow creature was, I explained to the rubicund carnivores, as repulsive to me as eating any creature, and that would include– lowering my voice– the pulpous pony-tailed girl student who served us and licked her pencil. Moreover, I had already finished the fruit brought with me in y briefcase, so I would content myself, I said, with a bottle of good college ale. My free and simple demeanor set everybody at ease. The usual questions were fired at me about eggnogs and milkshakes being or not being acceptable to one of my persuasion. Shade said that with him it was the other way around: he must make a definite effort to partake of a vegetable. Beginning a salad, was to him like stepping into sea water on a chilly day, and he had always to brace himself in order to attack the fortress of an apple.”

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