Tuesday, September 18

"Additionally, I would find snapshots of housecats accompanied by grammatically-challenged captions to be endlessly diverting..."

Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the invention of :-) and the :-( at Carnegie Mellon University.

But the reason I'm writing is to send you this amazing excerpt from a mid-60s interview with Vladimir Nabokov, in which he anticipates the emoticon by a good 20 years:
Q: How do you rank yourself among writers (living) and of the immediate past?

Nabokov: I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile – some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket, which I would now like to trace in reply to your question.