your favorite of these imaginary Nabokov covers (in specimen boxes)

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Luzhin Defense 3
Flory 3
Bend Sinister 2
Despair 2
King, Queen, Knave 2
Pnin 2
The Eye 1
Pale Fire 0
Speak, Memory 0
Stories 0
Ada, or Ardor 0
Look at the Harlequins! 0
Laughter in the Dark 0
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight 0
Invitation to a Beheading 0
The Gift 0
The Enchanter 0
Transparent Things 0


oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Not The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

ada, or ardor OR luzhin defense OR real life of sebastian knight, i think. those are the ones that seem to do most w/ the spatial possibilities of a specimen box

max, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Dammit, now I have to look at them again.

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

eh i actually meant king queen knave not sebastian knight

max, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

pale fire is quite pretty tho!

max, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Luzhin Defense or Speak, Memory.

Pale Fire kinda disappointing imo.

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Because it has to do with the content of the book? I haven't read that book. Really, I should have known. Oh, now you've gone back on what you said.

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

MAX!

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

(but pretty)

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't like Laughter in the Dark very much either. I'm saying what I don't like because I think most of these are really good.

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think for me it's the Speak, Memory one that gets that perfect match between the book and the visual medium

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

(although really I've only read like four of these, so I'm likely missing connections to the content of the majority)

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

(If You're Feeling) Bend Sinister

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

Speak, Memory is pretty clever, but not the most graphically interesting.

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't mean that it's not graphically interesting, the way people say, "She's not the most careful person" to mean that someone is clumsy. I mean MOST.

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

glory

nice email (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

but most of these are great

nice email (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm actually really taken with the perspective stuff going on in Invitation to a Beheading

xpost - yeah, the Glory one is on a whole other level from most, right? It's odd, because it feels like the one that most resembles an actual modern paperback cover (well and maybe sorta Laughter in the Dark), whereas I get the feeling doing Nabokov led all the others to this spare fusty "what proper books used to look like" minimalism. (though of course books never really largely looked like that, did they?)

haha nice of none of them to put "a novel" in the design

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

You know the typeset and design of the cover of Speak, Memory is pretty much exactly the same as the 1966 Revised Edition Putnam hardcover that I have.

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well "Speak Memory: An Autobiography Revisited" is exactly the same- they changed the "Vladimir Nabokov" around and moved it to the center, took some green matter off the "Memory," added the off-white gauzy square and put the whole thing in a specimen box.

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

I guess the "Memory" is remembering previous editions of the book- it is haunting its own reverie, wheels within wheels.

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Awesome quadruple post.

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

You should see some of mine sometime!

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

bend sinister was such a weird book, kind of like the slightly deranged stuff in that collection of pynchyon's first short stories or something. I only read half of it though so who knows what happens.

nice email (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

despair or the eye

harbl, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

or pnin

harbl, Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't really like any of them to be honest (sorry), but The Luzhin Defense is the best of the lot, I think.

grobravara hollaglob (dowd), Thursday, 12 November 2009 01:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like all of them, i voted for king, queen, knave

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 12 November 2009 01:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

I love these! Voted for The Luzhin Defense.

WmC, Thursday, 12 November 2009 01:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

I wonder if the new Speak, Memory has the SKETCH MAP OF THE NABOKOV LANDS IN THE ST. PETERSBURG REGION prepared by V.N. on a scale of 1 inch = 1 verst.

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 November 2009 04:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

"I don't really like any of them to be honest (sorry)"

i don't either. i would make up nice things to say about them though if they were the work of shy high school students. you know, to be nice.

scott seward, Thursday, 12 November 2009 05:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think most of them are a lot more attractive than a lot of the books I have. Most of them, maybe?

bamcquern, Thursday, 12 November 2009 05:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

They would all make reasonably attractive book covers if they were simple 2D designs. At least as good as (and in some cases much better than) the various packaging's Nabokov's gotten over the years. I quite like The Eye, King Queen Knave, Pale Fire and Pnin. That said, in most cases, these seem like 3D mock-ups of planned 2D designs. By which I mean that the specimen box device isn't really being exploited all that well/fully.

from alcoholism to fleshly concerns (contenderizer), Thursday, 12 November 2009 06:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 00:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Voted despair - Glory is underrated tho I think! I guess it is kind of vector art/Ed Hardy T-Shirt but that is an aesthetic I really like.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 21:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

voted Bend Sinister
Also, "Look at the Harlequins!" reminds me of...
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/11/Michaeljacksondangerous.jpg

so says surgeon snoball (snoball), Tuesday, 17 November 2009 21:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

I should've voted. I might've given Ada a vote.

bamcquern, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:12 (seven years ago) Permalink


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