Vladimir Nabokov: "Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form."
The Russian-American author of Lolita wrote constantly on themes of oppression, subversion, and tyranny.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was a Russian-American author famous for penning the landmark 1955 novel Lolita. Born in Saint Petersburg and later an emigrant to Germany and the United States, Nabokov began his career writing novels in Russian. He rose to prominence after switching to English and authoring Lolita. He also made notable contributions in the field of Lepidoptera, a subcategory of entomology focusing on butterflies and moths.
"Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form."
Common themes in Nabokov's work include oppression, subversion, and tyranny. These no doubt stem from his life experience. His family fled Russia near the end of World War I. He later fled Germany and France as the Nazis aggressively grew in power. Nabokov's father had been assassinated in Berlin by a Russian monarchist; his brother died in a German concentration camp.
A mind-bending paradox questions the nature of reality.
- Boltzmann Brains are hypothetical disembodied entities with self-awareness.
- It may be more likely for a Boltzmann Brain to come into existence than the whole Universe.
- The idea highlights a paradox in thermodynamics.
What makes an excellent educator?
- When it comes to educating, says Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, a brave failure is preferable to timid success.
- Fostering an environment where one isn't afraid to fail is tantamount to learning.
- Human beings are complicated and flawed. Working with those complications and flaws leads to true knowledge.
Drinking home alone in your underwear just might be what you need to be as relaxed as the Finnish.
- Päntsdrunk is the latest trend to come out of Northern Europe and it involves drinking alone at home.
- Finnish writer Miska Rantanen outlines the philosophy in his newest book titled: Pantsdrunk: Kalsarikanni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation.
- Kalsarikänni is a word in Finnish that literally means "drinking at home and alone in your underwear."
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