You have failed to detect two things about me. Yes, I have some of the instincts of the troublemaker. But the other thing is I am creative and inventive.
In 1862, Fyodor Dostoevsky met Charles Dickens… Or did he? In a thoroughly researched piece for the Times Literary Supplement, Eric Naiman tells the thrilling story of how one – or two? or several? – hoaxers managed to dupe biographers, New York Times reviewers, London Review of Books editors as well as readers of numerous scholarly publications. Long story short: be wary of ostentatious “nipple” references.
Several other passages in ‘Graduate Sex’ are nearly verbatim replicas of passages in Oxford, including a sexual partner who cries out ‘I LIKE you!’ in the middle of coitus, and two nearly identical phrases uttered by women to protagonists in erectile distress: ‘I’m not used to feeling penises casually’ (Oxford); ‘I’m not accustomed to handling penises casually’ (‘Graduate Sex’).
The book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The first sentence: “At the beginning of July, during an extremely hot spell, towards evening, a young man left the closet he rented from tenants in S—-y Lane, walked out onto the street, and slowly, if indecisively, headed for K—-n Bridge.”
Matchbook matches bathing suits to book covers and it’s pretty amazing. (via)
The modern element in “Notes from Underground” is Dostoevsky’s exultation in human perversity. You can read this book as a meta-fiction about creating a voice, or as a case study, but you can’t escape reading it also as an accusation of human insufficiency rendered without the slightest trace of self-righteousness. If you begin by grieving for its hero, he upsets you with so much truth of our common nature that you wind up grieving for yourself—for your own insufficiency. “Notes” is still a modern book; it still can kick.