Friday, June 24, 2011

Cover girl & music men

Dieter E. Zimmer has assembled an online exhibit containing more than 150 covers of Nabokov's Lolita from 33 countries spanning 54 years. The range is  fascinating from many points of view: design, interpretation, and freedom of expression. Here's a representative selection:

Segueing over to music, I hope you've been perusing our Smithsonian Folkways recordings. I especially love anything by Mike Seeger or the classic Country Gentlemen. Mike introduces them in this video. Its visual quality isn't great, but it sure gives a flavor of the group in its heyday.

Here are two videos of Mike, one as a young man and one near the end of his life, with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. Besides having a huge repertoire, Mike played many many instruments.


  1. That's a really neat exhibit! For such a wonderful book, nearly every copy has cover art that I'd be embarrassed to read in public!! Same goes for Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice!"

  2. I too was pretty amazed by the depictions. Britain was somewhat buttoned up, but France and the rest of Europe ... ooh la la.

  3. Loved the video clips! Thanks for finding them.