If Jesse Eisenberg plays you as a meddler in the personal affairs of geniuses, how do you respond? If you’re David Lipsky, you double down. His extensive review of Letters to Vera, a collection of Vladimir Nabokov’s letters to his wife, suggests that the couple’s lengthy marriage was the source of Vladimir’s steadiness in the face of changing circumstances and literary celebrity.

Adam Keller is a Wesleyan graduate currently based in Oakland, California. He's a founding editor of REELYDOPE and used to write for The Argus. More from this author →