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Vladimir Nabokov [Christopher Plummer] Teaches Kafka at Cornell

November 9, 2016. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday by Jack Dziamba

The Metamorphosis – A Study: Nabokov on Kafka (Played by Christopher Plummer)

Nabokov, Kafka, and You

In this era of shortening attention spans, the following is quite meaningful,

“The most dangerous thing about an academic education is that it enables my tendency to over-intellectualize stuff, to get lost in abstract thinking instead of simply paying attention to what’s going on in front of me.”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life.

Whither the Book? The Book in any Form.

As you watch the Nabokov Lecture above, concentrate on “simply paying attention to what’s going on in front of [you].”

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                                                                                Detail from Franz Kafka portrait, journalofseeing.wordpress.com

For a transcription of the Lecture, see The Kafka Project.

H/T Open Culture

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