The Luzhin Defense by Vladimir Nabokov

Another terrific read by Nabokov, I have yet to be disappointed by his novels. This one follows a chess player, but you don’t have to know a single thing about how to play chess in order to enjoy it. It’s more about the mental states, and how imagining all the possible outcomes in a game can send your brain down an unending maze of possibilities.

Aside from Nabokov’s usual wonderful prose and lovable characters, I found the slow, creeping insanity that Luzhin endures to be very believable and a bit unsettling. And even though I saw the end coming, that didn’t lessen the impact and effectiveness of it.

Another great read, and anyone who hasn’t read Nabokov please pick up one of his books, you won’t regret it!


Playing at crazy

If someone pretended to be crazy for too long, would they become crazy? The same with anything… to truly pretend, you must get inside the headstate of someone. If you’re there too long, would you get stuck?

I wonder if people like Alex Jones and David Ike and so on, played at it for too long and fell into the abyss…

Weaponized insanity

No, this isn’t a political post…

I’m still listening to Peace on Earth and in it, they have the idea of a drug or weapon that induces psychosis. This would be a much more effective way of eliminating someone who knows too much. Killing them would draw attention to them, and start an investigation–but if they just slowly go mad? No one would suspect. And it invalidates any information they might have against you, because no one can believe or trust an insane person.

This is a really neat concept, and I wonder if there are such strategies employed today–maybe forced drug addiction to discredit someone, for example.

Interesting things in this book so far…