Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pale Fire

I can't say much about this extraordinary novel that has not already been said, other than to point out that it has been beckoning me through its maze for close to thirty years now. (Its central poem is just getting the attention it deserves, as sn autonomous creation worthy of praise in its own right.) People sometimes ask me what PALE FIRE is about. For three decades, now, I stammered out something about it being the successor to LOLITA, and better than LOLITA in my humble opinion. Now, though, I have a better answer: It's about fan fiction.