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Vladimir Nabokov, age 2, in high chair against a backdrop of oranges

The toddler’s predicament

BY HUME VANCE
Vladimir Nabokov, conjuror with words, had a magical gift for turning sights and sounds directly into language, with no filtering

MY GREAT TEACHER / Tributes to our mentors

Shout-outs to those who got us fired up, and filled our lives with art TWO PIANO TEACHERS Los Angeles area, 1960s-70s MS. BRANDT, REDONDO BEACH. The rickety wooden stairs were

Black and white Peter Rabbit eats orange carrots in a vegetable garden

A visit to Eden

BY CATHERINE O’NEILL GRACE
The Beatrix Potter-inspired paradise she dreamed about during chemotherapy couldn’t possibly exist in real life. Could it?

Black and white upshot of seven tall birch trees

I think that I shall never see

BY DAVID BRITTAN
After a family tragedy, Robert Frost’s “Birches” was my link to the real world. Months later, I finally figured out what the poem was talking about.

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