Friday, July 07, 2006

Something for you Lolita fans

NPR's You Must Read This series featured Lolita today... (the audio will be available for streaming shortly, but I think the whole story is in print at the link below)
_Lolita_ by Vladimir Nabokov

Why 'Lolita' Remains Shocking, and a Favorite
Asking a fiction writer to recommend his favorite book is a little like asking a father to pick his favorite child, like asking an adulterer to name his favorite lover. The writer will hem and haw, the father will equivocate, the adulterer will say he loves them all the same, just in different ways. Of course, we're lying. We all have a favorite: She stood "four foot ten in one sock." "She was Lola in slacks. She was Lo, plain Lo in the morning." But in our arms she will always be Lolita.

. . . for all its controversial subject matter, Lolita is one of the most beautiful love stories you'll ever read. It may be one of the only love stories you'll ever read.

And yes, Sting/Police fans, Lolita is the book referred to in "Don't Stand So Close to Me"...
Its no use, he sees her
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in
That book by [Nabokov]

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