In Defense of Lecturing: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Vladimir Nabokov

A recent article I wrote after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was just published by the Athenaeum Review. Ginsburg credited this dexterity, and her understanding that language is more than a tool for communicating the semantic meaning, to the time she was an undergraduate at Cornell, where she attended the lectures by one of the greatest literary figures in the 20th century—Vladimir Nabokov.

Vladimir Nabokov writing at his desk, Cornell University, 1957. Photo: Cornell University Archives.