Orchids and Butterflies
[ by Charles Cameron — just passing along what the New Yorker passed my way this last week ]
The New Yorker‘s regular emails pointing to past stories offered up a pair of very interesting writings this last week:
The first is the piece by Susan Orlean which was later developed into her book, The Orchid Thief, and again by Charlie Kaufman into the script for the Spike Jonze film, Adaptation. Just the screenplay would be enough to capture my interest, for its inherent ouroboros:
I’ve written myself into my screenplay.
That’s kind of weird, huh?
But that’s my obsession, far less erotic than orchids, I concede.
The second is Vladimir Nabokov‘s account of his own obsession, you might call it, with butterflies:
Here are the pieces — enjoy reading!!:
Susan Orlean, Orchid Fever Vladimir Nabokov, Butterflies Elif Batuman, Vladimir Nabokov, Butterfly Illustrator