Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Essay: "Perfect Past." Vladimir Nabokov. 1966.

10-second review: Reflections on the themes that emerged through writing his autobiography.


“The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the pre-natal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour).”

“Nature expects a full-grown man to accept the two black voids, fore and aft, as stolidly as he accepts the extraordinary visions in between.”

“Initially, I was unaware that time, so boundless at first blush, was a prison.”

Comment: A succinct summary of life. RayS.

Best American Essays of the Century. Editors: Oates and Atwan. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. 2000.

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