Friday, June 04, 2010
Nabokov is fascinating, but he doesn't really say anything. Trilling attempts to say it for him and is good-naturedly rebuffed. Boy, you can never get creative people to tell you how they do what they do.
Trilling has real charisma. He has that great tortured look that intellectuals are supposed to have, as if every word was painful to enunciate. The moderator, Pierre Berton, does a great job of setting a musical tone that sets up pleasing counterpoints from his guests. It's a great little ensemble. Even if nothing memorable is said, it's wonderful theater.
Aaaargh! I'm too tired to write anymore.