Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Aforementioned Gently Frayed Golden Tassel

A passage in PNIN has just made me nostalgic for our terrible old upstairs neighbors. It is a description of Pnin's apartment, "above which... every evening, among crashing bathroom cascades and banging doors, two monstrous statues on primitive legs of stone would grimly tramp..." We hear you, brother! Speaking of PNIN, I should add a caveat about my particular edition with its aforementioned gently frayed golden tassel built in. Just know that if you hold the book in a certain way while reading, you'll get the feeling that there's a spider crawling on the back of your hand.