On “Reality”

Hand with Reflecting Sphere

I tend more and more to regard the objective existence of all events as a form of impure imagination – hence my inverted commas around “reality.” Whatever the mind grasps, it does so with the assistance of creative fancy, that drop of water on a glass slide which gives distinctness and relief to the observed organism.

Vladimir Nabokov
Interview by Allene Talmey, Vogue, 1969
Strong Opinions (1973)

Lithograph by M.C. EscherHand with Reflecting Sphere (1935)


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