More bare-bones remainders

  • A brief, engaging history of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita at fifty includes the tale of Vera Nabokov preventing her husband from tossing the unfinished manuscript into the incinerator.
  • Zadie Smith shrinks from readers’ questions at the Edinburgh Book Fest. (A link to an excerpt from the new novel is available here. Or just scroll down.)
  • In These Times considers the two comings-out of Oscar Wilde.
  • Robert MacFarlane says J.M. Coetzee’s latest book, Slow Man, is “not only unmistakably Coetzee’s least accomplished work, it is also, by more general standards, a mediocre novel.”

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