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From The Natchez Trace To Bend Sinister
Well Mary, I'm glad I came back from stepping on the Nashville end of the Natchez Trace (to your left, as you face southward, toward Natchez, is the Vanderbilt sports stadium, and to your right, a Wendy's) for, while I couldn't do a thing for poor Meriwether Lewis, at least I arrived back home in time to knit up, just a bit more, your ravelled sleeve of caring about Ernest Dowson and Vladimir Nabokov.
While some know that Dowson supplied "Gone With The Wind" as the title for Margaret Mitchell's antebellum fable, all mammies and mint juleps, the one famously turned into that most famous of MGM epics which, among its unforgettable cast included that quintessential Englishman, Leslie Howard (whose parents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants to England), few may realize that "Flung Roses" is the title of one in a series of books -- both real and made-up -- to be found in Nabokov's "Bend Sinister."
Now please don't get me started on William Bolitho. I just got in the door; I haven't even had time to unpack, or even to take off my darkly sinister and, to my mind but apparently to no one else's, irresistibly seductive sunglasses, the ones I wore day and night in Nashville.