The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Office Decoration and The Pencil

Pnin purchased for three dollars a faded, once Turkish rug. With the help of the janitor he screwed onto the side of the desk a pencil-sharpener–that highly satisfying, highly philosophical implement that goes ticonderoga-ticonderoga, feeding on the yellow finish and sweet wood, and ends up in a kind of soundlessly spinning ethereal void as we all must.


–Vladimir Nabokov. Pnin.

austria, arnold

Austrian graffiti.

5 comments on “Office Decoration and The Pencil

  1. M-R
    April 11, 2014

    I like the graffito ( ! ) in a dubious kind of way. But for the life of me, I CANNOT make an association between Nabokov’s Turkish rug and his pencil sharpener. What am I missing, Paige …?

    • He’s decorating his office. This is before he will later have to share it with an Austrian professor who takes over most of his space.
      I liked the Turkish rug line because I do so enjoy Turkish everything. šŸ™‚ And once faded, it’s no longer qualified as Turkish here.
      I have been reading this book with my jaw open. His writing is remarkable!

  2. denisfeuerstein
    June 14, 2016

    Funny! I live almost next door to austria, yet I’ve never been there!

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