Nabokov’s wet dream

Attacus atlas, the Atlas butterfly is one of the most astonishing creatures found in the tropical forests of Asia. Named after the Greek Titan, the moths have an average wingspan of around 25 – 30 cm to count them among the largest insect in the world.
When Vladimir Nabokov was finishing Lolita, he was collecting butterflies in the mountains with his wife Vera during the daytime. The author spent his entire life studying species from all around the world. Scalpel & microscope & writing scientific paper and stuff. Vladimir as a credited academician. Follow the link to an article from The New York Times about this curious passion: “I found it and named… and I want no other fame.”

Watch the fragile yet monstrous fairies. You can order the cocoons online.

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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