First Person Singular and Shotgun Cabaret present

Vladimir Nabokov at Cornell

Two Mondays only!
April 1st, April 15th
8pm at the Ashby Stage

"Art is a divine game," Vladimir Nabokov told his Cornell University students in the 1950's. By this he meant that the experience of art, in any form, should be transcendent. The author of some of the greatest prose performances in any language (Lolita; Pale Fire; Speak, Memory) knew that a lecture itself was a performance - a literal act of genius - and he enchanted his assembled lit majors (Thomas Pynchon among them) with wry, rhapsodic, and pretense-puncturing meditations on how to best engage with art - in particular, the art of fiction. Experience a re-creation of one of these classroom encounters, and surrender your mind to the best teacher you never had. As a bonus, enjoy what even young Tom Pynchon was denied: Leo Tolstoy and his fellow Russian masters reading from their own work!

Featuring John Mercer as Nabokov. 

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