“For heaven’s sake, what kind of question is that? Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert? Would you want to be friends with Mickey Sabbath? Saleem Sinai? Hamlet? Krapp? Oedipus? Oscar Wao? Antigone? Raskolnikov? Any of the characters in The Corrections?” Claire Messud bristles at the notion that characters should be likable. For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

“For heaven’s sake, what kind of question is that? Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert? Would you want to be friends with Mickey Sabbath? Saleem Sinai? Hamlet? Krapp? Oedipus? Oscar Wao? Antigone? Raskolnikov? Any of the characters in The Corrections?” Claire Messud bristles at the notion that characters should be likable. 

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

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    I’d want to be friends with humbert humbert… I just wouldn’t want him to know anyone else in my life.
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