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Dec. 21 2009 9:35 AM

The Audio Book Club on Vladimir Nabokov

Our critics discuss The Original of Laura.

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This month, the Audio Book Club discusses Vladimir Nabokov's unfinished last work, The Original of Laura. The word unfinished is key here: Nabokov left behind not a completed draft but a collection of 138 note cards, some in order, some not. And the clubbers equate the experience of reading Laura with listening to studio riffs.

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Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

Katie Roiphe, professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages and In Praise of Messy Lives.

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