Monthly Archives: February 2012

Crocodile Tears, Hippos, and Human Nature

It is pretty common to hear the expression crocodile tears, to refer to somebody who only appears to feel remorse or sadness, but is in fact merely shedding tears our of hypocrisy. They feel, the phrase suggests, nothing for their … Continue reading

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Shark as “other.”

Why is the shark, and especially the great white shark, so relentlessly “other,” more other than perhaps any other animal? There is nothing cute and cuddly about sharks, true. On the other hand, most humans throughout history have not been … Continue reading

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Nabokov, Freud, and Lolita

I am no Nabokov scholar, but I have the privilege of knowing Brian Boyd, perhaps the world’s pre-eminent Nabokov pundit. In reading his comments on Lolita in his magisterial book Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years, I was struck by his … Continue reading

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