Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Shade Out of Synch

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:24 PM

Review of a 1968 novel by Wilfrid Sheed, who died today—



Sheed on his boyhood in My Life as a Fan: A Memoir

"So it was back to… tinkering with my batting stance and praying that some one of my aged neighbors would miraculously rear back and give birth, like Sarah in the Bible, to a boy who would even more miraculously emerge at about my own age and not turn out to be a butterfly collector or other form of creep." (Simon & Schuster, 1993; in 2001 edition, page 84)

See also Shadow (September 23rd) —

"I was the shadow of the waxwing slain" — John Shade in Pale Fire , a novel by butterfly collector Vladimir Nabokov

—as well as Intermediate Cubism and Ironic Butterfly.


"This is called the transformation of things."

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