By way of the NABOKV-L listserv, and specifically Ms. Victoria N. Alexander, Ph.D., of the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities, cames this comment from Martin Amis, contrasting Nabokov and Joyce:
"Nabokov wants to embrace his readers.... He comes across as this snorting wizard of hauteur, but he is the dream host, always giving us on our visits his best chair and his best wine. What would Joyce do? Let's think, he would call out vaguely from the kitchen, asking you to wait a couple of hours for the final fermentation of a home-brewed punch made out of grenadine, conger eels and sheep dip."