I think that is utterly disgusting
, and seems done for money. If a writer asks that his work be destroyed after his death, IT SHOULD BE. I love how they say that he never referred to it as a work really that should be destroyed; any writer keeps all his irons in the fire and can refer to any of his works up until the point when he can write no more. Then his wishes should be respected and his unfinished
work should die with him. Index cards? Gimme a break.
Who knows what form a novel could take from index card to the page? Ridiculous.
Here's a bit from a P.J. O'Rourke interview with Hunter S Thompson from Rolling Stone many moons ago discussing Nabokov and his artistic methodology (O'Rourke first, obviously):Are there any writers who you think do it effectively, honestly, dirtily? And honestly.
Well, I think that Nabokov could.A beautiful writer.
Hell of a good writer. A friend of mine, Mike Solheim, was up in Sun Valley [Idaho] back in the early '60s. He told me that Nabokov used to come to the Sun Valley Lodge with an 11-year-old girl. He said it was weirder than Lolita: "It's very nice to meet your niece, Mr. Nabokov." Well, that goes back to the new-journalism question, about writing from experience.When you read it, you knew this was from real experience. This was not Thomas Mann writing Death in Venice, which seemed to be a student's idea of what a hopeless crush would be, as if he'd observed someone go through it.
And the reason for that is, Nabokov was up at Sun Valley Lodge with an 11-year-old girl.I'm afraid Lolita strictly fits into the gonzo framework.
But, man, that's where the fun is. You know, why write about other people's experiences?
. Here's the full interview (which is about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
) for any of you interested) the above quote is taken from:http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/ ... hing_at_25