Blog Rabbit Holes

November 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m sure that this is a pretty familiar occurrence to more regular and well-trafficked bloggers, but it hasn’t happened before to me and it made me pretty excited, really…

I have a Google Alert set up for various things I’m interested in, one being Nathalie Sarraute, and the other day, I got an alert for a new posting on Nathalie Sarraute. I clicked on it, and, to move forward quickly in the story, I’ve now discovered the very wonderful VerySmallKitchen, which is full of wonderful writing and wonderful images, and situates its discussion at this very juncture. But to resume where I left off there, looking down on this post (which, quickly, to digress again, also draws on the staggeringly good and staggeringly underrated writer of fictions and criticism, Christine Brooke-Rose), I thought I recognised the images. And why? Because they were linked from…this blog. Which was kinda humbling really, nice to see someone’s looked at this blog, and also, as the title suggests, pretty enjoyably labyrinthine.

I seem to remember a bit in Nabokov’s Pnin, where someone has got on order one number of a specific journal (I think, I don’t have the book to hand, so this is no doubt entirely wrong) that Pnin wants, and he is surprised that someone else is interested in it, because he wouldn’t expect anyone else to be interested in it. Excitedly, he seeks to track down this intellectual soulmate of his to discover that the person who has it on order is…himself – he had just forgot.

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