Nabokov’s efficient parentheses 2012 Nov 21 1 min read Published by Lee Reamsnyder Permalink Twitter syntax hint:Nabokov's 2-word parenthesis "mother died in a freak accident (picnic, lightning) when I was three." Spare, informative.— Edward Tufte (@EdwardTufte) November 17, 2012 Oh, that’s too good. And so Russian: the maximum amount of misery and dark humor into the minimum space, dispensed casually. Brilliant. I’m absolutely stealing that.